This week I have been at some meetings with clergy and lay colleagues from across the Axbridge Deanery at which we have been exploring a collective response to the situation in Ukraine. It is felt that while there are things that we can do individually, there is also great benefit to things that we can do together.
Firstly, a huge thank you to all who have given either financially or in donations that have all now been sent off to Ukraine. Some church members also shared the flyer that we had circulated and received a huge amount in addition to the collections via the churches. We are no longer able to accept physical items, but for those who still wish to support in a practical way suggest that the DEC is now the best way to do this.
Secondly, plans are now beginning to shape up (slowly admittedly) for the admittance of refugees into this country and there are opportunities for people to register an interest in sponsoring refugees when they arrive. There is one particular good organisation called the Sanctuary Foundation (https://www.sanctuaryfoundation.org.uk/) which has roots in the church and is championing this with the home office. We are exploring signing up as a Deanery and then sharing in this together, but if you are interested in this on a personal level you might be interested in signing up yourself. To date 521 churches have signed up and 5947 individuals which is amazing.
Finally, we are planning a prayer vigil for Ukraine on Thursday evening (17th March) at St Mary’s Berrow starting at 7:00pm. All are welcome, so please do come along and stand alongside all those affected by the war in Ukraine.
With many thanks