St James’s Parish Church, Ramoan, was the setting for this year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer in the Ballycastle area.
The Order of Service was written by the Christian women of Cuba on the theme “Receive Children, Receive Me.”
Mrs Margaret Ferguson led the Service and Mrs Margaret Brown presided at the organ. The church choir did a fine job in leading the congregation through the items of praise which included some unfamiliar pieces. The soloist was Mrs Susan McMaster. Time spent in preparation by the choir was reflected in the beautiful and inspiring Worship.
It was fitting to have some young people participating in the Service. In her address Mrs Irene Green had chosen the Gospel Reading from Mark 10 vv 13 – 17 where we pictured Jesus with the children who were brought to him. She reminded us that at the time when this incident took place women and children had little or no place. It was a male dominated society. Jesus welcomed the children and took time in his busy day to listen to and affirm them. We were challenged on the importance of the child and what we can learn from them if only we will listen to them.
Through the Service we were given the invitation to learn from each generation, their own gift, and to put children at the centre of God’s Kingdom.
Each of us was exhorted to show childlike faith and trust in God as we engage with people who are equally worthy of our love and respect here in Ballycastle.
A paper lily, representing the Cuban butterfly jasmine, was given to each person as they entered the church and their name written in the flower. These were placed in a basket and taken to the front of the church. At the close of the service the flowers were distributed so that each recipient could pray for the person whose name was on the inside of the lily.
All were treated to a lovely supper provided by the ladies of the parish.