Ukraine Crisis

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Help for Ukraine

There is a great desire to be able to be of help in the crisis in Ukraine.

The recommendation from Rochester Diocese is to donate to the long established church charity called USPG which can be found here https://ukraine-emergency-appeal.raisely.com/

Other charities are available.

Let us continue to pray for peace, a swift end to hostilities and care for those suffering.

 

Words from the Bishop of Tonbridge

A letter from Bishop Simon can be found here 

 

Resources from St. John's Bromley

Our Neighbour Revd. Andrew McClellan in in touch with people from Ukraine and has sent this very helpful information.

Dear church leaders in Central Bromley

I know that many of you and your church members are already actively seeking ways to get involved in responding to the crisis in Ukraine.  Earlier this week I was approached  by a Bromley man living in my parish with his Ukrainian wife.  He was urgently seeking temporary accommodation for members of his wife's family who were in transit from Kyiv to the UK.  I appealed to members of my church and other Bromley churches to respond with offers of help.

Many thanks indeed to those of you who forwarded my appeal.  I was hugely encouraged by the number of positive responses I received.  The Ukrainian family in question now have a firm offer of accommodation, and I am aware of a number of other Bromley Christians who are ready to house Ukrainians in their spare rooms.

In the face of such a crisis, it can be hard to know how best to help, and many church members may be turning to us for guidance on what to do.  This morning I am writing to all members of my church with some ideas and suggestions for how to help practically as well as through out prayers.  I recognise that church leaders are extremely busy people so I offer you some words which you can simply forward to your church members if you feel this would be appropriate.

Earlier this week the Church of England published a toolkit of resources for churches seeking to help refugees and evacuees from Ukraine.  The toolkit (which can be downloaded in full here) includes suggestions on how to provide immediate practical help, such as:

Finally we are encouraged to pray for the peace of the world and for Ukraine in particular.  You might like to use these prayers as a starting point:

For the peace of the world

Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed:
kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace
and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth
that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


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.

Other prayer resources can be found on this page of the Church of England website.

In Christ

Andrew

 

Revd Andrew McClellan
St John's Vicarage
9 Orchard Road
Bromley
BR1 2PR
020 8460 1844

saintjohnsbromley@gmail.com

www.saintjohnsbromley.com