Prayers and emergency arrangements: Churches help support Ukrainians


At Kings Lynn Minster in Norfolk – which held a prayer vigil (see image below) on Sunday listening to first-hand accounts from members of the local Ukrainian community – members of the public made donations to the appeal for UNHCR emergency for Ukraine.

Also in Norfolk, donations are dropped off at St Peter’s Church in the village of Kimberley (part of Barnham Broom’s benefit) as part of a collection run by the local Polish community.

In the Diocese of Newcastle, the parish church of Prudhoe runs a busy drop-off center for supplies for Ukrainian refugees.

They ask for cots and mattresses; bedding; non-perishable food and toiletries to be delivered to the Romania-Ukraine border as part of an initiative with Pentecostal church partners.

Morpeth parish has created a wall of peace, with young people lining the church gates with ribbons as part of its ‘Prayers for Peace’ project.

In south London, St Clement with St Peter’s Church, East Dulwich, is supporting a drive for essentials – from bandages and first aid equipment to powdered food and torches – organized by the local Polish centre.

And the Croydon Health Services Chaplaincy is asking people to drop off essentials such as clothing and bedding, as well as hold prayer services.

In the parish of Berkswich in Stafford, in the Diocese of Lichfield, worshipers raise funds for the First Baptist Church in Wroclaw, Poland, which is converting classrooms in its school into dormitories to accommodate Ukrainian refugees (see photo below below right).

Vicki Adamson, from Berkswich, previously taught English at the school when she lived there.

Her husband, Father Graham Adamson, said: “The very classrooms in which Vicki taught are now filled with bedding and other furniture to house people fleeing war in Ukraine. We would like to offer our help at this time and are raising funds to help them provide medicine, food, bedding and other much needed support.

Meanwhile, Lichfield Cathedral has announced that it will be holding weekly prayers for Ukraine, every Thursday between noon and 12:30 p.m. and has also set up a prayer station which will also be available during its opening hours.

Other cathedrals taking action include Chester raising money for the UNICEF fund. The clergy joined in a vigil in the town hall square.

Religious schools have played their part. Among them was Primrose Hill Primary Academy in Lydney, Gloucestershire, which collected supplies to take to a drop-off point in Bristol.

Meanwhile, churches across the country held prayer vigils and rallies in support of the Ukrainian people. Among them, St George’s Church, East Boldon in the Diocese of Durham held a vigil and St Nic’s Church in central Durham helped organize a community rally in support of Ukraine.

Vigils were also held at Bradford Cathedral and Hove Methodist Church, organized by Brighton & Hove Inter Faith Group.


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