Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell is supporting a call by Churches Together in England (CTE) for churches and Christians from across the UK and Ireland to come together on Sunday 3rd April 2022 in an act of witness to pray and light candles for Ukraine, for an end to the conflict, and for all those affected by the terrible impact of war.
Churches Together in England (along with partners Christian Aid and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland) is inviting churches to join together in an act of witness to pray and light candles for Ukraine, for an end to the conflict and for all those affected by the terrible impact of war.
We have all watched the unfolding conflict in Ukraine and seen the heart-breaking stories of people fleeing violence, not knowing when they’ll see their loved ones again. Over two million people have fled Ukraine. Many more have been forced from their homes to seek shelter. Lives have been lost and families torn apart. Homes have been destroyed and many roads are blocked. No one is safe.
Churches in Ukraine, in neighbouring countries and here in Britain and Ireland alongside many others in the community have responded with generosity and hospitality to support and welcome refugees.
We all share a feeling of horror and powerlessness but every prayer, every action brings hope to the people of Ukraine. We are sharing a prayer that we would invite you to share on 3 April during your worship for that Sunday and if possible perhaps in a more public event with other churches and your wider community.