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Diocesan Leadership Team, together with the Diocesan Office team, will
seek to offer practical and pastoral support for those who will want to
explore the possibility of hosting refugees.
As a diocese we are
currently taking advice on how to enable hospitality to be offered by
those who occupy clergy housing and we will provide further information
as soon as we are able to do so; in the meantime you can find general
information about offering hospitality and some factors to consider
within the Parish Toolkit.
The document explains that currently
the Homes for Ukraine scheme is based on the host naming a family known
to them. Your own church may be in touch with local organisations who
may be able to provide names of individuals needing assistance. If you
don’t have local contacts, the Church of England is working with The Sanctuary Foundation (www.sanctuaryfoundation.org.uk)
to prepare for the next phase of UK support in which individuals and
organisations will be able to offer sponsorship based on matching those
in need with those offering accommodation. You can find out more about
that scheme, and register your interest, on The Sanctuary Foundation
website. Further updates about community sponsorship will be posted on
this site as they become available.
Many and varied ways to
support the refugees through different networks and charities are likely
to emerge over the next few weeks. The Diocesan Leadership Team
encourages individuals and parishes prayerfully to consider what help
you may be able to offer. However, no one should be burdened by guilt –
we each offer what we are able in terms of hospitality, money, time and
God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.