Refugee update

A Trip to the Jungle

St Asaph Missioner in Residence, Mark Yaconelli reflects on his recent trip to the Jungle Camp in Calais here.

 

 


Donations to the Jungle

Delivery to CalaisTwo vans loaded with donations from across the Diocese of St Asaph and elsewhere headed to France over the weekend to support refugees in the Calais Jungle camp.

Food, building materials, fire extinguishers, toiletries and clothing were delivered to the Care4Calais charity for distribution within the camp.

Among the group travelling was St Asaph’s Missioner in Residence, Mark Yaconelli, who will be running a Hearth Project in the summer called “Stranger in a strange land.”  You can find out more by contacting the Diocesan Engagement Officer, Sarah Wheat.

A huge thank you to everyone who donated items and money for the refugees.


Aidan Coleman with some of the donations for Calais webThe Vicar of Holywell is to take a van loaded with blankets, sleeping bags, clothing and other essential items donated by people across the Diocese of St Asaph to the Jungle Camp in Calais.

The Revd Aidan Coleman and Jed Hall from St Peter’s Church, Holywell will travel with the donations over the weekend of May 13/14.  As well as bags of donations, the pair have collected more than £1,300 in cash which will be used to buy building supplies for shelters.

Any further donations can be taken to St Peter’s Church, Holywell, (CH8 7TL) until May 9 when the van will be packed ready for the channel crossing.

Aidan is shown in the photo above with just a fraction of the donations collected at the diocesan office!  Thank you to everyone who sent a donation.

Thank you also to the following churches, people and organisations who have donated money which will be used to assist with the re-building of shelter for those living in the camp:

  • St. Collen’s Church, Llangollen
  • Bishop Stephen Lowe
  • Anne Hooper
  • Councillor Dolores Phelan following charity concert
  • Capel Seion, Llangollen
  • Capel Y Rhos
  • Jonothan Abbat
  • Roberta Owen
  • Molly Busher
  • Liz and Alwyn Williams
  • Eirlys Humphries
  • Laura Jones
  • Mark and Yvonne Pryce
  • Roger Goldsmith
  • Beryl Roberts
  • Bill White
  • Kieran Thomas
  • Laura Jackson
  • and other, anonymous, donors

For further information, please contact Aidan at a.coleman560@btinternet.com.


Congregations are being encouraged to lobby their local assembly member urging them to support a new cross-party Statement of Opinion on Migrant Camps in Northern France.

The statement has been tabled in the Senedd by the Conservative AM Darren Millar, and co-sponsored by Ann Jones AM (Labour), Aled Roberts AM (Liberal Democrats) and Alun Ffred Jones AM (Plaid Cymru).

It follows a meeting between Darren Millar, AM for Clwyd West, the Vicar of Holywell, the Revd Aidan Coleman who recently visited the Jungle Camp in Calais and the Engagement Officer for the Diocese of St Asaph, Sarah Wheat.

The Statement of Opinion says The National Assembly for Wales:

  • Expresses concern regarding the welfare of non-EU citizens currently living in unlawful camps in Calais and Dunkirk
  • Applauds the efforts of Welsh individuals, charitable organisations and faith communities, seeking to meet the humanitarian needs of those in the camps
  • Calls upon the UK Government to work with the French Government to put in place a plan to deliver fair thorough and legal procedures to determine the eligibility of those in the camps to international protection as soon as possible
  • Calls upon the Welsh Government to consider how it may support the efforts of Welsh civil society in seeking to meet the humanitarian needs of those in the camps

People across Wales are being asked to contact their local Assembly Member asking them to support this statement.  You can read the statement at here and find out who your local AM is here.


 

The Vicar of Holywell, the Revd Aidan Coleman visited the Jungle refugee camp in Calais to deliver blankets collected by the Diocese of St Asaph.

His reflections are printed on the back page of the February/March 2016 edition of Teulu Asaph.  You can read it here or download a longer PDF version:  Calais – a moving journeyBack page of TA

The theme of the December 2015 edition of Teulu Asaph was welcoming refugees to Wales and what we can do here in the Diocese of St Asaph to help.

Refugees at the Idomeni borderYou can read the Welsh version of Canon Aled Edwards, Prif Weithredwr, Cytûn article here:

Croesawu Ffoaduriaid

The Church in Wales has just updated its briefing paper on refugees.  You can download a copy of The Refugee Crisis: How to Help for more advice on what you and your church can do to  help.

Resources:

  • Many prayers and reflections already available online, especially from the main agencies such as Christian Aid, US.
  • Prayer requests/intentions – at home:  a list will be available shortly of refugee projects in Wales for which you can especially pray.
  • Prayer requests/intentions – overseas:  Embrace the Middle East has produced a list of Prayers for refugees and prayers from their partners in the region, especially for this event
  • Please share your activities on Twitter!

Christian Aid has provided a useful fact sheet in English and Welsh on the refugee situation: cwestiynnau ffoaduriaid from Christian Aid.  You can find other resources (in Welsh and English) on their website at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/cymru/resources/refugee-crisis.aspx?Page=2