#RefugeesWelcome march this weekend, prayer service + other events

Friday 16th

Culture Night Belfast is an evening of over 250 free events across the Cathedral Quarter of the city. Write to Refuge is organised by Oxfam Ireland and between 3pm and 9pm there will be an interactive exhibition highlighting the stories and plight of people forced to flee their homes by conflict and persecution. From 7pm onwards, local authors will share their written response to striking photographs of people on the move around the world. You can write your own reflection or make and decorate a paper boat with a message for our politicians about the refugee crisis. Hosted by in Redeemer Central church, 101 Donegall Street, Belfast. (Not far away in North Street, from 6pm Amnesty will be using Virtual Reality headsets to give people a 360 degree view devastated war torn streets of Aleppo in Syria.)

Saturday 17th

prayer service is being held in St James’ Roman Catholic Church between noon and 12.45pm ahead of the Refugees Welcome march. If you can’t make it to London but want to take time to reflect and show your solidarity, CAFOD plan to streaming the service on their Facebook page.

Participants in the Refugees Welcome march in London can gather in Park Lane from 12.30pm. The  march will move off around 1.30pm heading towards Parliament Square. Music and speeches will take place there from 3pm-5pm. Many organisations will be present at the march as well as thousands of individuals taking their stand.


Other events are taking place around the UK. In Edinburgh, marchers will head to the Scottish Parliament.

Sunday 18th

Peacemaking Sunday takes up the theme of solidarity with refugees. Resources – When I needed a neighbour: refugees and sanctuary – have been produced by the Joint Public Issues Team (The Church of Scotland, Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and United Reformed Church) and are available to download. [Word/PDF]

The day of reflection is being held on the eve of international meetings discussing refugees and migration. A UN Summit on Monday 19th will be followed by a meeting of world leaders on Tuesday 20th to discuss the global refugee crisis and hosted by President Obama.

Monday 19th

As world leaders meet in New York for the UN Migration Summit on Monday, refugees will make themselves heard in central London by transforming Parliament Square into a graveyard of lifejackets. 2,500 lifejackets worn by refugees making the terrifying crossing from Turkey to the Greek island of Chios will be laid in lines to represent the thousands of refugees who have died trying to reach Europe since 2015.