People around the Diocese of Bangor have been touched by the pictures and reports of the plight of refugees who are coming to Europe for a variety of reasons.
Amongst them is Sara Roberts, a Lay Reader from Holy Trinity Church in Penrhyndeudraeth. She is part of a Facebook group ‘Cefnogi Ffoaduriad – Supporting Refugees’, which began a month ago. Support has come in thick and fast since then. It is now part of this website.
Sara said, ‘There has been an explosion of activity that has taken place over the past fortnight in response to the crisis in Europe.
Needless to say, although this is non-political, there is a considerable political significance to these efforts in that they are coming from people moved by the plight of fellow human beings, whom governments seem unable or unwilling to help.
As churches, as Christians, as communities of faith, I strongly believe that we have a responsibility and a calling to do what we can, where we can and whenever we can to help those in need. We need everyone to reach out to anyone who’ll listen and appeal for support. This can be practical by donating essential items, time or money, as well as spiritual, by praying for all caught up in this massive humanitarian effort.’
The Diocese has decided that the collection from Sunday’s (13.9) annual Mawl Medi celebration at Bangor Cathedral will go towards Christian Aid’s Refugee Appeal.
The Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andy John – said, ‘The tragic images from various parts of Europe tell of people who are desperate to escape danger. They want to move themselves from places of little hope to places of more hope.
I can only guess that I would take the same risks to bring my loved ones and myself to those places of more hope, if I were in their situation.
Whether these people are Christian people or people of other faiths, Jesus would have helped them, as in the parable of the Good Samaritan. We have an opportunity now to leave the politics to our elected representatives and to do all we can, however small, for our sisters and brothers in their time of need.’
Monday September 21st is International Peace Day, and special prayers for peace will be said at Bangor Cathedral during the Communion Service at 10.30am.
The Bishops of the Church in Wales have made this statement, encouraging people to offer help.