THE MAYOR of Kirklees, Clr Julie Stewart-Turner, was a guest at a service to mark the Women’s World Day of Prayer, at the Methodist Mission, Huddersfield.
The day sees services held across the world, which begins as dawn breaks over the islands of Tonga in the Pacific and continues across each continent until the last services are held back in the Pacific, on the islands of Samoa.
The celebration is hosted in turns by different faith groups and is inter-denominational.
The services are led by women from all different faiths and cultures.
Secretary Eileen Hill of the mission said: “The name ‘women’s’ is retained in the title because in some parts of the world women cannot easily be permitted to enter the pulpit, so it does give them a voice throughout the world.
“We are used to our liberty here, but we forget that there are women that do not have that freedom so it’s a very good way of making sure they are represented.
“Men can join in but usually we find it’s just women.
“Each year it’s a different country which leads the event and the service is chosen by them and given out across the world in a translation.
“The offertory collection goes to various good education causes.”