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Please click here to read a poem about a migrant's channel crossing. 

Please click here to be taken to the Refugee Week 2020 Service.

Click here to join Matt Forsyth as he speaks to Rev Claire Hargreaves about how we can support our Global neighbours during the Covid-19  pandemic. 

 

 

Please also note that the SE District Refugee and Interfaith Adviser website is now live - why not read the information at https://www.semethodistrefugeework.com

We strongly condemn the brutal and cowardly terror attacks which have taken place at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on the holiest day of the year for Christians, where 310 innocent lives have been taken and approximately 500 people wounded. Our prayers and thoughts are with our Christian brothers and sisters and all those affected by this horrific attack.

The rise in such attacks, especially at places of worship throughout the world, is deeply concerning. People of all faiths and none must continue to stand united and not let people with extremist ideologies divide us.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”― Edmund Burke (in a letter addressed to Thomas Mercer).

We must continue to work harder than ever before to develop friendship in humanity through interfaith dialogue.

On behalf of the South East England Faiths Forum

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Syrian refugees in Idlib

On March 15th it will be 9 years since the start of the war in Syria. Around half the population of Syria has either been internally displaced (6 million) or fled the country (5million) (UN figures).

Around 900,000 people have taken refuge in Idlib in the north west of Syria. They have been pounded by bombing and airstrikes, resulting in untold injuries, deaths and devastation. Today (March 4th 2020) a ceasefire between Turkey and Russia has been agreed offering some respite to the thousands of refugees living in the open, or in makeshift camps. But without adequate shelter, little food and no fuel for fires, they are in desperate straits. Already children have died because of the freezing winter cold.(Sunday Times Feb 16th). No one knows how long the ceasefire will hold.

Turkey has encouraged some of its 3.6million Syrian refugees to try to cross the border into Greece but Greek authorities have denied entry, causing many refugees to be stranded without food or shelter.

Please pray for safety and shelter for refugees in these desperate situations.

PRAYER

Lord of all

We lift to you refugees and migrants around the world,

asking that by the power of your Holy Spirit, you inspire leaders of nations

to act compassionately to end the suffering of those in desperate need.

We pray for a lasting peace in Syria, for political gains to be set aside and humanitarian

considerations to be given priority.

We pray for hope and strength for fathers who are struggling to provide for the most basic needs of their families, for courage for mothers who have to watch their children go hungry and for comfort for small children and babies who are feeling the cold.

Loving God, you care for us and for all, especially those in need. Inspire us to reflect your abundant love back to those in need, guiding us in prayer, action and generous giving, in Jesus’ name.

Amen

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