A number of Chesterfield residents have applied to the Government'sHomes for Ukraine Scheme, which has given individuals the chance to host a refugee or family from Ukraine.
The Derbyshire North-East Circuit has joined other partners, such as Links CVS, to support hosts and guests during their time in Chesterfield. As part of this, Central Methodist Church has agreed to create a weekly space where refugee families can come together in friendship, where hosts can also come and make connections, and together a community of support can be established.
An invitation has been sent out to join together each Saturday in the church hall, beginning on Saturday April 23rd, between 10am and 4pm. The outline of the day will be a mixture of relaxed gathering over food and practical assistance:
The first session will help introduce people to one another and share their needs. In the future, there is room for English lessons, children's activities, etc. Speakers may also be invited to future sessions to offer advice on a range of issues.
Apply and get matched up – If you are interested, we encourage you to sign up through the scheme, where you will be matched with refugees seeking to come to the UK. Reset (a charity supporting communities and refugees) will provide training and support for hosts and refugees as they are matched.
Register with Homes for Ukraine here: www.homesforukraine.org.uk.
If you are approached by a refugee seeking assistance we recommend that you direct them to Homes for Ukraine, where they can register to be matched with a host.
You can find out more information from the government website on the scheme at gov.uk/homes-for-ukraine.
All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain have launched an emergency appeal in response to events unfolding in Ukraine. Donate to the Ukraine Appeal now
The need to offer sanctuary to people forced to flee conflict and persecution is far wider than the current Ukrainian situation. As a Church, we have been involved with advocating for and supporting people seeking sanctuary from many countries.
Please see the link below for some examples of that work and ways in which you can get involved: The Joint Public Issues Team – Asylum and Migration work.
The British Methodist Church have also released this prayer on their website :
A prayer for Ukraine
Holy and Gracious God
We pray for the people of the Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.
We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.
We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.
We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.
We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.
Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.
And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.
Lord have mercy.