Ukraine Stories

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31 May 2022

We report on the how the United Methodist Church in Poland is taking care of its guests from Ukraine finding them accommodation in chapels and officers and we hear from the Methodist Charity All We Can about the joint appeal with the Methodist Church in Britain.

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12 May 2022

We travel to Poland to hear how the Methodist Church is coming together to provide those escaping Ukraine with safety and sanctuary as the war there continues.

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21 April 2022

We talk to a Methodist minister who has returned from Poland matching families seeking sanctuary with offers of homes here in the UK, we hear from a learning network coordinator who is waiting for a family of 11 to join her and we talk to a minister from Birmingham who supported a family from Syria about how we welcome people escaping war.

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3 March 2022

The Methodist Podcast Episode 78: The Invasion of Ukraine
We talk to two Methodists in Ukraine who are fleeing from the invasion to find safety, we hear how peace can stand up to aggression and learn how to talk to children about worrying news events.

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Blogs

We pray together for Ukraine

Behind a heavy wooden door, inside a Methodist chapel in north-west Poland, two families are being given protection and comfort from the war.

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Aid for the people of Ukraine

David Gardner is modest about his role in supporting the people of Ukraine. “When you think of a humanitarian aid worker, someone looking at spreadsheets isn’t what comes to mind.”

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Escaping the border

The border between Ukraine and Poland looked desolate at the end of April. The masses of people fleeing the war in Ukraine and pouring into Poland had reduced to a trickle. Abandoned pushchairs and luggage litter the roadside where people dumped possessions deemed unnecessary or burdensome for their journey ahead.  

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Audio Prayers

Loving God, your Son Jesus Christ, wept over Jerusalem.
Today, we weep over Ukraine.
We weep for those uprooted from their homes and lives.
We weep for those cowering in basements.
We weep for those who have witnessed death and destruction on their streets.
We weep for those separated from parents, from children, from spouses and siblings.
We are amazed at the resilience of people seeking to comfort those in need and so we pray for Governments opening up borders so that Ukrainians can have safe passage.
We pray for churches and individuals providing food, clothing and shelter.
We pray for medical workers ensuring that shattered bodies are put back together again.
We pray for ordinary Russians demonstrating and voicing their disapproval of the military actions in Ukraine.
May the Holy Spirit give us the willpower to turn our tears into action also.
May we, through our words, prayers and example pursue the things that make for a just peace in the world today and especially in Ukraine.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray.

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Holy and Gracious God

We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.
We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.
We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.
We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.
We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.
Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.

And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.

Lord have mercy.

Amen

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A reflection on Ukraine by Barbara Easton, Vice-President of the Conference

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