Refugee Crisis: resources, prayers and updates

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Donations to Methodist Refugee Support

A fund is now open to receive donations to support Methodist Churches that work with refugees in Macedonia, Serbia, Germany and Italy. 

Donations can be made online, in cash, cheque or by bank transfer.

Online: Visit our Justgiving campaign page to donate and fundraise in aid of Methodist Refugee Support. 

Donate with JustGiving

For cheques, please make them payable to 'The Methodist Church World Mission Fund' and clearly mark with 'Methodist Refugee Support' on the back. Send cheques to 'Mission and Advocacy, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JR'. Please include your name and contact details. 

For other means of donation, please email fundraising@methodistchurch.org.uk with any queries or call 0207 467 3532.

Please consider gift-aiding your contribution if you can - details here

Peacemaking Sunday 2016

The theme for this year's Peacemaking Sunday is solidarity with refugees. Read more and download free resources for Peacemaking Sunday 2016 here

Pray

Lament for Aylan 

A prayer for the situation in Calais 

Reflect 

Made for Goodness - a faithful response to the refugee crisis  a report (July 2016) from the Joint Public Issues Team

World Church Blog: Roy Crowder, World Church Partnership Coordinator for Europe, shares his visit to Lampedusa. 

18 September 2015: Letter from the Secretary of the Conference to Theresa May

Migration - reflecting on a crisis: Resources from Singing the Faith Plus

16 September 2015: Pastoral letter from the Co-Chairs of the European Methodist Council

10 September: A message from Church leaders in the North East

What does the Lord require of us?

Statement from All We Can

Statement from the Church and its partners on the situation in Calais

Mediterranean Hope: A visit to Lampedusa

Out of Africa...into Malta

Act

Foster an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child

Offer support to migrants (full text of NoM 220 below)

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Notice of Motion 2015/220: Migrating People and Sanctuary

The Conference welcomes the Statement by the Conference of European Churches (CEC) (3 June 2015) regarding those fleeing war, conflict and hunger by risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean, and commends the work of the Churches Commission for Migration in Europe (CCME) in this urgent situation, as well as the efforts of the Churches in Greece and Italy, especially the 'Mediterranean Hope' project of the Methodist Church of Italy delivered in association with the Federation of Protestant Churches.

The Conference notes the launch of the 'Sanctuary for All' initiative at the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham on 11 May 2015, which offers inspiring biblical, worship, theological and practical resources for local churches, especially for Racial Justice Sunday, and encourages the Council to ensure that the Connexional Team explores how this resource might be published, possibly in association with others.

The Conference welcomes the enormous contribution that migrant people and refugees have made and are making to Britain, and calls on all our Methodist churches to consider offering sanctuary to at least one individual or family who have reached Europe across the Mediterranean, until they can fend for themselves.

The Conference directs the Secretary of the Conference to write to Her Majesty's Government: 

  • incorporating the spirit of this Notice of Motion
  • urging continued financial assistance for refugees within the region
  • advocating an even more generous and compassionate approach to a situation to which we, by some of our actions in the region have contributed
  • urging Her Majesty's Government to accept a much increased number of those arriving in Europe, commensurate with our size and resources.

1 July 2015

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