We have been praying for all the people caught up in the alarming situation in Ukraine and are now looking at practical ways we can also support them. We will be adding more on suggestions and plans as they develop.
The Diocesan website has further thoughts on a Christian response to the war, see https://oxford.anglican.org/make-a-difference-in-ukraine.php
A candle burns on the high altar in St Mary’s Kidlington for the people of Ukraine and for justice and peace in our world. There is a prayer station with space to light your own candle, write your own prayer and take away a small cross. Please join the nation in prayer in whichever way is right for you.
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
Lord God, the hope of the nations And the source of all peace, We lift into the light of your love your people in Ukraine, and those in Russia who are powerless. In the face of attack Hold in the palm of your hand those who flee and those who fight, those who lead and organise, the vulnerable, the children, and the older people. God of justice and righteousness May the nations of the world stand with Ukraine, That bullying will not prevail, And that all may live in peace. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen
Whilst we will continue to offer our support in prayer, we are also now looking at practical ways of offering help. If you are interested in being associated with this project please email Felicity and maybe indicate what sort of support you would be interested in giving: e.g. a monthly amount of money pledged for a period to go towards rental; a one-off financial donation; practical help furnishing a house; friendship for the families; English language support; help with the UK administration of living in a new country; organising a welcome event; help with children’s activities (football, school friends, brownies….); contacts with Orthodox Church, other wisdom ……..
Update on help for Ukrainians, 1st May
The first trickle of Ukrainian guests is arriving locally, though all the families we are supporting are still currently waiting for their visas. Thank you everyone for your generosity and support so far. Felicity has details of all your offers and will call on you as people arrive and as things are needed.
IN the meantime Citizens UK, the diocesan partners in the resettlement scheme, are offering a series of Lunch & Learn sessions, open to anyone looking to host refugees. Join on Zoom every Friday from 1-2pm and learn more about a range of topics, from navigating the visa process to preparing for the first few weeks of hosting and beyond. You can find the joining link and full schedule at oxford.anglican.org/ukraine
Bridging the language barrier is going to be hugely important over the next six months, so if you speak Ukrainian or Russian (or know anyone who does) and are able to offer linguistic support, we’d really appreciate you attending a Zoom meeting at 6pm on Thursday 5 May. Click here to join – thanks in advance!
In Faith, Felicity
Update on help for Ukrainians, 2nd April
Your generosity is much appreciated. We are now actively supporting three families coming to our area and have three more possible offers of accommodation. Visa forms are completed (or nearly so) and we await Home Office clearance. Oxford County Council is assessing the suitability of Glebe House as a potential support Hub.
Felicity is holding all offers of help until the time when they are all needed and is drawing in support and relationships locally within and beyond church members. The Oxford Diocese scheme to host 50 families will support our families and hosts and Churches Together in Kidlington will form a support group probably after Easter.
Please continue to pray – prayer is action too. Thank you everyone for all your involvement.
There will be a FOOD collection for Ukraine on Monday 4th April, 1pm to 6pm, at Kidlington Baptist Church, High Street, Kidlington, OX5 2DS.
The organisers have provided a detailed list of food needed, compete with Sainsbury’s reference, to ensure that the items collected are those most needed for making up food parcels. To download the list, just click here.
We are appealing for your help to provide essential items to people in Ukraine and to people fleeing war in Ukraine. Below is the latest list of items that are most needed; we will update as we get new information.
Help Ukraine collection, Saturday 26 March, 9am – 1pm, Exeter Hall, Kidlington OX5 1AB
Due to high volume of donations we are only taking items that are desperately needed NOW:
- Adult pampers, wet tissues
- Baby pampers, baby food
- Ladies hygiene
- Toothpaste, soap, shower gel, shampoo, toilet paper
- Canned tuna, salmon or meat
- Salt, spaghetti, pasta
- Long lasting dog and cat food
- Vegetable, sunflower or olive oil
- Condensed milk, jam, dry biscuits
- Candles and matches, headlamps, torches and batteries
- New thermal underwear
- Painkillers (paracetamol, panadol, anadin, ibuprofen..)
- High blood pressure medicine
- Disinfectants, bandages, plasters
- Strong cardboard boxes with leads and packing tape
We urgently need vans and lorries with drivers, storage near Oxford. Please come over to help us!