St Collen’s Church in Llangollen will host a day of talks and workshops on Monday 12 December in response to churches keen to get involved in practical ways to do more to help refugees settle in Wales. Sessions will look at the context of the refugee crisis and highlight schemes already in place in Wales as well as offering advice on how refugees can best be supported by local communities.
The day will be rounded off with the arrival of the Christian Aid walkers on the ‘Escape to Egypt’ route across Wales – a walk in solidarity with refugees everywhere. Christian Aid will lead closing worship.
Canon Carol Wardman is Bishops’ Advisor for Church and Society and has organised the event:
“What started as a request for information from churches working on community projects has snowballed into a conference on welcoming refugees. There was particular concerns about unaccompanied children, how the existing Vulnerable Person’s Resettlement Scheme works, and the idea of community sponsorship. We will be having information sessions on all of these aspects and have invited people involved to give practical advice on how we can help.”
The event will include contributions from people who understand what is driving people to flee their homes, in the Middle East and beyond, as well as updates on how churches across the worldwide Anglican Communion are helping.
“We’re hoping to have some creative opening input from Pen Wales, who are involved in creative writing and poetry with refugees; and learning how to combat misunderstandings and prejudice, with help from Together Creating Communities.”
Speakers at the event include Vicky Moller of Hireath Hope, a grass-roots community organisation in Pembrokeshire, who will talk about community sponsorship, and Su McClellan of Embrace the Middle East, a Christian NGO working with Muslim and Christian refugees in Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt.
11am-3.30pm on Monday December 12. £10 charge for the day (which will cover lunch). To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (029) 2034 8252