Methodist support for work with refugees

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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 refuges 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. It is early days but Methodists in Germany, Switzerland, Macedonia, Serbia and Italy have already started to offer care and support to refugees — mainly, but not exclusively, from Syria.

Through our partnership links with European Methodists, World Church Relationships has set up a special project fund for receiving donations that Methodists in Britain may wish to give to help Methodists support refugees in these areas. Over the coming days, weeks and months we will start to share more news and stories of the work being supported. There are already prayers and news on the World Church pages of the Methodist Church website and these will continue to be updated.

If you are aware of any of your churches, circuits or maybe your forthcoming synod who would be interested to direct support for refugees through our Methodist Partners then please do share this information as widely as you feel appropriate.

Details for giving are as follows:

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
Queries: tel: 0207 467 3532 (Stephen Drury), email: drurys@methodistchurch.org.uk

Please include name and contact details.
Please encourage individuals who are eligible to consider gift-aiding contributions. Gift aid forms available from: http://www.methodist.org.uk/downloads/cl-giftaid-longtermdeclaration-form-0412.doc

It is hoped that a separate 'Just Giving' page for this fund will be establish over the next few days.

Thank you in advance for any support that is given through this special fund. If you have any further queries, please do get in touch.

David Friswell

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