War in Ukraine: responding
The brutal conflict in Ukraine has triggered the largest war-related migration of people since the Balkan War of the 1990s. This page contains information for individuals seeking to respond
- The UN estimates that 12 million people inside Ukraine will need relief and protection, while more than 4 million Ukrainian refugees may need protection and assistance in neighbouring countries in coming months.
- Most of those fleeing are women and children, the elderly and the sick. Most are leaving with the few possessions they can carry.
- Those left behind face an uncertain future. People are living with no food, no water, no heat, no electricity. They need urgent respite from violence and humanitarian assistance.
- Despite the heart wrenching stories and distressing pictures coming out of Ukraine, there are practical ways in which we can all help to show solidarity and support with those most affected.
Read on to see what practical ways in which we can all help to show solidarity and support with those most affected:
The first thing we can do is pray. On the morning of the invasion of Ukraine the Archbishops of Canterbury and York issued a call for people to pray for the people of Ukraine and Russia and for peace. We can pray on our own and also join together at St John's at Furnace as we pray specifically for Ukraine (Furnace 1st Wednesday of the month, 7.30pm, or every Wednesday morning except the 1st Wednesday of the month, at 7.15am)
To find out more about prayer at St John's click here.
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 WelbyArchbishop Stephen Cottrell
Psalm 91 reminds us that in times of trouble, God is greater.
Crawley Community Church are collecting donations that are being sent to churches in Ukraine who are supporting people in need. All current donations are going to two churches - one in Ukraine and one on the border of Moldova, who are supporting people who have been displaced and affected by the current crisis - support is in the form of food, shelter and medical needs. We are encouraging you to give towards this cause.
To give to Crawley community Church, click here.
There are thought to be more than three million refugees who have now fled Ukraine. Many of these will seek to join family or friends in other European nations. The UK Government has announced that there will be two routes for Ukrainians fleeing the conflict to reach the UK.
The first is a family visa system which is open to the extended family members of Ukrainians with permanent status in the UK (e.g. Indefinite Leave to Remain), and Ukrainian family members of British nationals and EU citizens with settled or pre-settled status. If you are in touch with Ukrainians in your community you can direct them to how to apply and the eligibility rules here.
Details of how individuals, companies and community groups can sponsor Ukrainians without family ties are due out in the coming days.
If you are willing to host an individual or family from Ukraine but don't know any specific people, we are in touch with members of our community from Ukraine who are coordinating people who are hoping to come to the UK. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have completed the registration of interest form above.
Romans 12:21 'Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good'