“We’ve been there for refugees since 1945. We won’t turn our backs now.”
Christian Aid Week in 2017 begins on 14 May, and this year marks 60 years since the charity was established to support work with refugees in Europe following the Second World War. In its worship materials, it invites us to explore the plight of tens of millions of people worldwide – fleeing conflict and disaster, making dangerous journeys in search of safety.
Resources for the Sundays that bookend the week consider the care and needs of refugees: the concept of being “living stones”; the ability to have choice; and what it means to be “good neighbours”.
Download Christian Aid Week materials – including resources for worship in English and Welsh. (Note – the Order Form allows you to download materials straight away.) We have also offered specific Christian Aid-related hymn ideas as part of our own StF+ lectionary suggestions for Sunday 14 May.
Note, too, the John Bell and Graham Maule hymn Down the road run refugees recently published on Singing the Faith Plus:
“These words were written in 1992. In 2016, we are delighted that permission has been granted to share the song on Singing the Faith Plus but we also note that the anger and shame expressed are as precisely relevant today as they were 14 years ago.”
Especially useful this year may be Singing the Faith’s materials published to mark Refugee Week in 2016. A wandering Aramean was my ancestor offers hymn suggestions and links to additional StF+ materials focusing on our response to the needs of refugees.
Throughout the year, the Christian Aid website offers regularly refreshed worship materials.
The Methodist Church is one of the sponsoring churches and a founding member of Christian Aid. In 2008, the Methodist Conference affirmed Christian Aid, alongside All We Can (formerly MRDF), as one of its two principal relief and development agencies.