As the refugee crisis continues, The Children’s Society is asking Christian communities to come together to show their support for young people seeking sanctuary in the UK during Refugee Week (19-25 June).
This year’s theme for Refugee Week is ‘our shared future’, and the charity has produced a pack for churches with a variety of resources to help congregations welcome and support child refugees so they can build new lives and begin to flourish in the UK. The pack includes worship ideas for all ages and suggested prayers for Refugee Week, alongside practical advice to help Christians respond to the refugee crisis through fundraising, campaigning or supporting young people seeking refuge in their own community. It is a development of the charity’s earlier theology paper, From Fear to Safety written in October 2016.
Congregations are also invited to take part in the charity’s ‘postcard project’, by sending positive messages of solidarity and welcome to the children and young people supported by The Children’s Society’s refugee and migrant services across the country.
Mo Baldwin, Director of Church Engagement at The Children’s Society, said: “We recognise that there is an overwhelming desire across the Church to help refugee children, many of whom have been separated from their families and are extremely vulnerable. We want to build a sense of hope, of a future and to create an opportunity for all of God’s children to thrive.
“Refugee Week is an excellent opportunity for Christians everywhere to come together and show these children our support and care through prayers, thoughts and actions. The Children’s Society’s helpful pack is designed to facilitate this response, and empower us all to make a small difference, which collectively will achieve huge change for vulnerable young people.”
The Children’s Society has been supporting young refugees and migrants for over 70 years. The charity’s specialist staff provide one to one support for those who arrive alone in this country, helping them to settle, stay safe, get access to the services they need and navigate the complex immigration system. They also help young people to make friends, adjust to life in Britain and learn new skills through youth groups, mentoring and activities.