Please continue to support this initiative which was initially launched for the Lenten period….

“As we approach and journey through the season of Lent, GFS in Ireland are delighted to be supporting the Less Plastics for Lent initiative.  This initiative was approved at our GFS Central Council meeting in February 2019 and is being supported by GFS Worldwide.  Our hope in GFS, is that with everyone making small changes in how they regard and treat plastics it will have a lasting and positive impact on our world. It is said that it takes 21 days to form a habit, here we have 40 days to form not only a good habit but a lasting habit that we can all enjoy the benefits off.  Please feel free to download the calendar here and share it with your family, friends and Churches ”

Alison Jackson

All Ireland President

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GFS Worldwide has created a wonderful resource to be used by GFS and Christians called ‘Prayers of Hope’ where  the prayers and reflections have been supplied from around the world.  Please find the prayers for July and August below, please click here to download these prayers.

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Prayer of Hope for July 2019

Gratitude Prayer

Loving Lord,

As I express my gratitude to you in prayer, may it be a pleasing, joyful sound to you.

Thank you, Lord, for your love. It brings me acceptance and significance.

Thank you, Lord, for your truth. It brings me guidance and direction.

Thank you, Lord, for your mercy. It brings me help and comfort.

Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness. It brings me stability and strength.

Thank you, Lord, for your kindness. It brings me daily provision and sustenance.

Thank you, Lord, for your beauty displayed in the earth. It brings me joy and delight.

Thank you, Lord, for your way of redemption – the cross. It brings me salvation and

regeneration.  Amen    Copyright © 2014 Beth McLendon of –


Loving Saviour, touch the hearts of those who abuse others. Heal their thinking, so that they may turn to You and seek Your ways. Help them to know that every human being is a treasure to You. Help them to know that You are a forgiving God and can lead them on a path to new life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Our Heavenly Father is a source of consolation and hope and by His son’s dying and rising, He remains our light in every darkness and our strength in every weakness. Call on God to be the refuge and guardian of all who suffer from abuse and violence. Ask that He comforts these victims and sends healing for their wounds of body, soul and spirit. God has the power to rescue them from bitterness and shame and refresh them with Your love. He can heal their brokenness and revive the spirits of all who lament this sin. In order to call for justice, we must first deepen our respect for the dignity of every human life. Call on the giver of peace who has the power to restore.   By Lesli White



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Prayer of Hope for August 2019

In times of darkness, when we feel helpless, we seek strength and stability in the Lord. Let us also seek to share our gladness of heart in good time with the Lord.

Every generation seems to have its own unique set of trials and tribulations. Among the trials we face today are division and separation. Let us pray to the Lord for spiritual guidance so that we become one with the Body of Christ.

Let us also give thanks for all the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon us. Let us be especially thankful of the abundance of talent and commitment of our members as we continue with our work in God’s Kingdom

Submitted by: Karen Patterson National

President, The Episcopal Church Women USA



En tiempos de tinieblas, cuando nos sentimos indefensos, buscamos Fortaleza y estabilidad en el Senor. Tratemos tambien de compartir nuestra alegria de Corazon en los Buenos tiempos con el Senor.

Cada generacion parece tener su propio conjunto unico de pruebas y tribulaciones. Entre los ensayos que enfrentamos hoy estan la division y la separacion. Oremos al Senor para que nos guie espiritualmente para que nos conviertamos en uno con el cuerpo de Cristo.

Senor, ayudanos a apartar los Dolores del pasado y a avanzar juntos.

Tambien damos gracias por todas las bendiciones que el Senor nos ha otorgado. Seamos especialmente agradecidos por la abundancia de talent y compromise de nuestros miembros a medida que continuamos con nuestro trabajo en el Reino de Dios.

 Submitted by: Karen Patterson National


The Episcopal Church Women USA


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