Responding to the crisis in Ukraine
Many of you have been asking how you can best support those who have been affected by the attack on Ukraine. The following sets out our response, and is based on the Church of England's Toolkit for Churches Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine
The best and most effective way you can help is to donate money to charities that are already working on the ground in Ukraine and bordering states such as the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal: https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal.
We will not be collecting goods at St. Margaret's and do not recommend this unless you already have an established contact and are clear about the specific needs that are being addressed. The Church of England Information Toolkit on Ukraine states:
Although we appreciate the willingness and generosity many may wish to show in their charitable collection of toys, clothes and bedding we would urge you to avoid this approach as it is often inappropriate and not what is most needed on the ground.
Hosting a Ukrainian Refugee
The Government has set up a scheme to allow those who can offer accommodation to a refugee or refugee family for a minimum of 6 months to register online. Full details of the scheme can be on the new Homes for Ukraine website: https://homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk/
Do please join us to pray for Ukraine at one of our weekly prayer meetings. Details can be found here: https://www.stmagscc.uk/prayer
A prayer 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.