Ukraine: How to Help

We have had a lot of enquiries about how our community can help Ukraine and those displaced by the war currently happening in the country.

 

The Church of England have provided a toolkit which includes lots of valuable information that you may find useful. The toolkit includes an overview of what is happening in Ukraine and the humanitarian response. It also has information on how parishes and individuals can suppose those who have been displaced.

 

    • If you are interested in sponsoring refugees you are encouraged to indicate your support for doing so by signing up for the Sanctuary Foundation.

 

    • If you are an individual with a spare room and are prepared to sponsor an individual or family for six months you can register interest on the government website

 

The information below is from The Church of England…

 

Immediate practical help

 

At present the single most productive thing you can donate is money to the charities that are already on the ground in Ukraine and bordering states. There are two safe and secure ways where your gift can support those most in need:

 

The first is through the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal which is supported by a number of charities including Christian Aid, the ecumenical relief and development agency of the British and Irish churches. Your gift will help provide food, bedding and temporary accommodation for people who have fled the conflict in Ukraine.

 

The second is through the USPG-Diocese in Europe Emergency Appeal which is looking to support the front line work of chaplaincies across Europe as well as Christian charities carrying out humanitarian work both in Ukraine and responding to the arrival of refugees in neighbouring countries.

 

You can also donate to World Vision (part of the DEC) as part of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, here.

 

Bishop Martin said: “The crisis in Ukraine is creating a humanitarian catastrophe, as all of us can see from the daily news reports. Bishop Mike and I are calling on all the parishes and congregations of the Diocese this Lent to raise funds through collections, individual gifts, events and activities, to respond to the terrible situation the people of Ukraine are facing – both in the country and as refugees.”

 

If you, or someone you know, can speak Ukrainian, Russian, Hungarian, Polish, German, Czech, Romanian or Moldovan then those language skills could be very useful in translation work. That includes through Translators Without Borders who are supporting many refugees in translating and understanding forms and procedures.

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

 

Archbishop Justin Welby
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell

Ukrainian Kyrie

 

To help respond to the Ukraine crisis, inHarmony are encouraging churches to sing this simple Ukrainian Kyrie in services in the coming weeks. It is very easy to learn, and can be sung effectively in three parts by most congregations. No licence is required.

 

Find out more here.

Floral tribute area for the people of Ukraine

 

If you wish to lay flowers, there is an area of the Abbey Gardens that has been allocated for floral tributes to those killed in Ukraine.

 

The area has been created on a temporary basis. It follow requests from residents and discussions between West Suffolk Council and St Edmundsbury Cathedral which both work together as part of the Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership.

 

Rev Canon Matthew Vernon said: “The Cathedral and the Council both recognise the tremendous sense of grief in our community for the people of Ukraine, for those killed and those being forced to flee from their homes from the Russian invasion.

 

“The Abbey Gardens, whatever your religious viewpoint, is a place of reflection and peace for many people. So, this is an ideal place for people to come and lay floral tributes. It is a way in which each of us can show our solidarity with Ukrainian friends and neighbours, and the people and families coming here to seek safety and refuge.”

 

The tribute area has been set up in the Water Garden area of the Abbey Gardens. The floral tributes will be tidied on a daily basis with withering flowers removed.