Churches Across The UK And Ireland United In Prayer For Ukraine  

This weekend saw churches and Christians from across the UK and Ireland come together in an act of witness to pray for the people of Ukraine and for an end to the conflict.  

Hundreds of congregations took part, including national events across the country. In London, almost 100 people came together in prayer for the people of Ukraine outside the Ukrainian embassy.   

International humanitarian charity, Christian Aid, also organised projections across Westminster Abbey, Methodist Central Hall, St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Glasgow Cathedral, and Bangor Cathedral to show the solidarity of churches and Christians with the people of Ukraine.  

Among the faith leaders supporting the act of witness this weekend were Archbishop Justin Welby, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, His Eminence Archbishop Nikitasare, Rev Dr. Hugh Osgood, Bishop Tedroy Powell, The Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Lord Wallace, and The Most Reverend Andrew John the Archbishop of Wales. 

Churches and Christian organisations continue to respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine with prayers and appeals for aid. Christian Aid is working with partner organisations through the ACT Alliance to help people fleeing the war in Ukraine.  

One of their partners, Hungarian Inter Church Aid (HIA), has sent food and other essentials to Transcarpathia in Ukraine. HIA has also scaled up a field office in Beregovo including providing tents, mobile toilets, and blankets, to support tens of thousands of refugees. 

Chair of Christian Aid and former Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, said:  

“Like the people of Ukraine looking out for their neighbours or the charity workers delivering emergency food to people seeking refuge, we must bring hope.   

“That is why Christians from across the UK and Ireland – recognising the God-given human dignity and rights of every human being – united in an act of witness to pray for Ukraine and an end to the conflict.   

“With one voice, we are calling for an immediate ceasefire and an unequivocal commitment to protect civilians and key services.   

“Every prayer, every gift, every action brings hope to the people of Ukraine. My thanks to the thousands who showed their support for Ukraine this weekend.”

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