Prayer day is quite popular

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PEOPLE crammed into Northstead Methodist Church to celebrate the annual Women’s World Day of Prayer.

Organisers estimated that between 150 and 200 people heard a service which was written by Christians from Chile.

Patricia Mollon, the organiser for the Scarborough area, said similar services took place across the globe during a 24 hour period and there were quite a few organised in this area.

She said: “At any given time in the 24 hours there are 100s of services going on.”

Mrs Mollon said that each year a different country writes the service which is repeated all over the world. “This year it was Chile and it was poignant because of last year’s mining disaster and it’s the women of Chile that prepared this service,” she said.

The service included children from St Peters R C Primary School who wore Chilean national costume, sang a Chilean song and took part in Bible readings alongside the Scarborough mayor Cllr Hazel Lynskey.

Mrs Mollon said: “The one by the children was a mime. The school’s head teacher read it.

“It went very well. Every year the services have seemed to get better and this year it was really good – it helps when you have the children there.”