Support for those fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Thank you to all those of you who have made enquiries and expressed concern how we might best support those fleeing the war in Ukraine.
 
Many of you will have seen this page has now gone live:
 
War in Ukraine: responding | The Church of England
 
This has links to the parish toolkit which is this: Ukraine toolkit for Churches and
Individuals CofE v1-150322.pdf (churchofengland.org)

Our Diocesan Webpage offers links to all the relevant information:

Diocese of Ely | Homes for Ukraine Scheme (elydiocese.org)
 
This guidance will be refined and amended as the situation develops, so do check
back on the above mentioned Ely and Church of England websites.

A prayer for Ukraine

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.
Amen.
Archbishop Justin Welby Archbishop Stephen Cottrell
 
 We all want to help personally and tangibly, but for the time being, the best and most effective help we can provide is by donating to the Disasters Emergency Committee (note this is how the Red Cross asks for donations), or the Joint Emergency Appeal by the Church of England Diocese in Europe and USPG.
Note that the UK Government have said they will match public donations (pound for pound up to £20 million) to the Disasters Emergency Committee.
You can also support Christ Church Kyiv through Just Giving (name Christ Church Kyiv). And you can send supportive messages to them on social media.

Write to your MP about visa flexibility for refugees. Finally, we do well to remember the unspeakable suffering of so many peoples, in Yemen or Sudan, the Uigur in China, Syrians — the list, sadly, is very long. This includes Afghani families seeking refuge in the UK who have not yet got a home.