Refugee Crisis: resources, prayers and updates
05 October 2015
A prayer for the situation in Calais
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
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
Hope: A visit to Lampedusa
Out of Africa...into Malta
September: March in solidarity with refugees
Foster an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child
Offer support to migrants (full text of NoM 220 below)
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
Donations can be made in cash, cheque or by bank transfer.
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 Stephen Drury
with any queries or call him on 0207 467 3532.
Please consider gift-aiding your contribution if you can - details
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
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
- advocating an even more generous and compassionate approach to
a situation to which we, by some of our actions in the region have
- urging Her Majesty's Government to accept a much increased
number of those arriving in Europe, commensurate with our size and
1 July 2015