North Bedfordshire Circuit The Methodist Church


Social Action - Refugees



The Refugee Crisis

Bombing in Syria
Read the Statement from the Joint Public Issues Team (Baptists Together, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church) www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/joint-statement-on-syria

Refugee Crisis - what can Churches do?
Simon Dwight from the Kings Arms Project has told us about the opportunity that we have in Bedford to serve and provide for families of Syrian refugees coming to our town over the next few years.

Kings Arms have set up a Facebook page which you can find here www.facebook.com/refugeeappeal and on the page you'll also find a video clip which you might like to use to share with your congregations.

The project is looking for any who may have properties to rent, furniture and equipment for unfurnished properties, resources for welcome packs for arriving families of refugees, people with DIY skills and those willing to do cleaning on properties at short notice to make homes for refugees pleasant to enter into.

If you can offer help in any way, they will be setting up an email notification list for when action is needed.

Also see kingsarms.org.refugeefund.

How Can I Help?
As we are all very aware, the situation with refugees continues to be of serious concern and challenges us all as to how we can respond to such a crisis in both a prayerful and practical way. Over the coming weeks and months there will no doubt be many ways in which we can respond and assist those helping refugees as they arrive in Britain.

However, for many Methodists across mainland Europe, the incoming refugees are already presenting a challenge as to how they can respond.

WCR (World Church Relationships) has set up a special project fund supporting refugees in these areas. There are already prayers and news on the World Church pages of the Methodist Church website.


Donations for Methodist Refugee Support
Cheques made payable to "The Methodist Church World Mission Fund". Please note: "Methodist Refugee Support" to be clearly marked on the reverse side of the cheque.
To be sent to "Mission and Advocacy, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JR"

If you have any queries, please telephone 0207 467 3532 (Stephen Drury) or e-mail drurys@methodistchurch.org.uk
Please include name and contact details.

David Friswell : Team Leader, World Church Relationships.


BRASS (Bedfordshire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support) supports refugees and asylum seekers. Find out more from their website
www.brassbedford.org.uk/appeal

Bedfordshire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support
27b Tavistock Street
Bedford, MK40 2RB SG1 1
United Kingdom