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About World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer Logo

The symbol of the World Day of Prayer was designed by a young Irish artist in 1982, the year when the service was prepared by the women of Ireland, and adopted as the International logo.
The design comprises arrows converging from the four points of the compass, four figures kneeling in prayer, the Celtic Cross and a circle representing the world and our unity through all our diversity.

International Structure

The International Committee, which is composed of delegates from the National committees, meets every four years to:

  • select themes and writers for the services
  • elect an executive committee (from 7 geographical regions)
  • prepare a budget from funds provided by National Committees
  • consider ways to extend the Movement
  • share experiences of the World Day of Prayer

The International Executive is composed of two representatives from each of seven regions: Latin America, Asia, Europe, Africa, Carribean/North America and Pacific, led by the Chairperson and Executive Director.

The Regional Committees are composed of delegates from the National committees in that region, led by two executive representatives. The European committee meets every four years.

National Structure

The Scottish Committee is composed of representatives of all major denominations in Scotland:

  • Church of Scotland
  • Scottish Episcopal Church
  • Congregational Federation
  • Baptist Church
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Religious Society of Friends
  • Methodist Church
  • United Reformed Church
  • United Free Church of Scotland
  • Salvation Army
  • Church of the Nazarene

The Scottish Committee meets several times and works throughout the year to:

  • prepare and distribute material for the World Day of Prayer service.
  • decide on the distribution of funds.
  • promote the World Day of Prayer movement.

Click here to download A History of World Day of Prayer. This file contains one page.

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