Churches across the diocese are encouraged to join in prayer and action in response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
We offer a message of prayer, support and solidarity with our Ukrainian brothers and sisters – and for all those across our diocesan community who are concerned for the country, and for their relatives and friends.
Lord Jesus, you wept over the sins of your city.
On our city/town/nation: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you heal the wounds of sin and division, jealousy and bitterness.
On us: Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you bring pardon and peace to the sinner.
Grant us peace: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Read the pastoral letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to all clergy and people of the Church of England.
Liturgical resources for Praying for the Peace of the World are available from the National Church website and the Bishop of Hereford, The Rt Revd Richard Jackson offers a video message to the people of our Diocese.
The Diocese in Europe has launched an appeal with the USPG for humanitarian aid both in Ukraine and with Refugees across Europe. Funds raised by the appeal will support Christian charities and churches and agencies carrying out humanitarian work both in Ukraine and organisations responding to the arrival of Ukrainian refugees in neighbouring countries.
The ongoing crisis is expected to impact many of us in our day to day lives as we see food, fuel and other commodities rise in price as supply chains are impacted by sanctions and production disrupted by the war. Whilst many of us seek to respond in kind by offering to donate items of clothing and other essential items, the Diocese of Europe, charities, and Christian organisations are seeking to encourage the public to donate financially via official channels such as The British Red Cross, DEC Disaster Emergencies Committee and UNICEF.
The Church of England has published a ‘toolkit’ of resources for parishes seeking to help refugees and evacuees from Ukraine in the wake of the Russian invasion of the country.
Supporting and sponsoring Ukrainian refugees in the UK
The UK Gov launched a website to register interest either as an individual or organisation can be found here for anyone wishing to offer their home or a house for people form Ukraine.
Many people across the Diocese of Hereford have already generously offered their homes to host people from Ukraine. The Diocese of Hereford along with many other diocese across the Church of England has partnered with Citizens UK because they have a long track record of supporting communities who welcome refugees. They will provide all training, a process, and appropriate support to help us build capacity and play our part here in the Diocese.
The Government scheme requires potential hosts to know someone in Ukraine who wants to come to them. Simply registering on the Government portal does not lead to a link to someone who wishes to take up your offer – this is not made obvious to people when you register online. The responsibility remains with the individual or organisation to make a contact with someone from Ukraine. There are many routes to doing this online (e.g. the Sanctuary Foundation). In addition, the Diocese of Hereford has partnered with Citizens UK to develop a more active ‘matching’ process. We are identifying hosts across the Diocese and sharing (non-identifiable) information with Citizens UK who will work with their partners on-the-ground in Ukraine and surrounding countries to identify where our offers of hosting match the needs of those in Ukraine and to put hosts and refugees in touch.
We are also working to develop local support networks for both hosts and guests, including support to complete application forms (including translation), and support to welcome guests.
- Please help us identify accommodation/hosts.
- Please share any contacts you have in Ukraine especially if you know people who need accommodation.
- Provide precise details about the size of the family that each host can support and accommodate (be realistic).
- Provide a warm welcome and ongoing support once people arrive.
- Citizens UK will use new connections and opportunities that they are developing to help us identify people and match them to hosts.
- Matched hosts and refugees will need to complete the paperwork themselves.
- Citizens UK will then work with the matched refugees and with us to arrange travel, safeguarding checks, source translators if necessary, and provide training on how to best support both hosts and refugees.
Our ambition is to gather clusters of offers in an area. We will link people up to support one another (if you are not already linked up, we know several groups have already formed). If you are already co-ordinating a community approach in your area, please get in touch as becoming part of this collective approach should strengthen us all.
This offer is open to all who wish to offer accommodation, whether they attend church regularly or not.
If you have already identified someone in Ukraine but would like support with form-filling, travel, support once people arrive, etc. It is worth noting that Citizens UK is working closely with the Sanctuary Foundation, who have set up an online portal for matching hosts to people in Ukraine. Although Citizens UK plans to use the connections and opportunities they are developing to help us identify Ukrainian refugees through a separate route, you are welcome to register directly with the Sanctuary Foundation. This charity can also match you with a group or individual refugee, but please do keep in touch for support once you have been matched.
Please get in touch with us via email.
You can also contact your local coordinator where you have one. We are asking individuals and Churches not to go directly to Citizens UK as we are seeking to build a single approach across the Diocese, where we support one another and all refugees who come to us. It is also essential for the Citizens UK approach to work that we work together and they are focussing their efforts on developing the contacts and matches in Ukraine.