United with Ukraine 

Like so many, we are heartbroken by what is happening in Ukraine. It can be so difficult to know what to do to help at times like this. Below we have suggested some ways you can help. 

Rev Mark, says:
"Having worked in Ukraine, we have many friends there. The stories we are hearing are worrying and there is much sadness. There is also much heroism and strength.  Through it all we know God is working. He hears our prayers. And he calls us to work for peace and justice. "

How you can help

God hears all prayers. You can pray for whatever you think of or what most concerns you. At overwhelming times like this, it can be helpful to use written prayers to read and pray. You might like to use this one: 

Almighty God,
from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed:
kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace
and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom
those who take counsel for the nations of the earth
that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward,
till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Prayer 24/7, the global prayer movement, also has some useful resources for praying for Ukraine, Russia and peace

If you would like to give the relief efforts in Ukraine you can do so through Bishop Ridley Church. Donations can be made in cash, cheques, bank transfers or card. These will be passed on to USPG and the Church of England Diocese in Europe which are supporting humanitarian work both in Ukraine and with refugees fleeing into neighbouring countries.

Cash or cheque
Please use the envelopes on plate in church to make cash or cheque (made payable to Bishop Ridley Church) donations. Please place cash or cheque in an envelope, mark it Ukraine appeal then return it to the plate.

Direct Transfer
You can make payments, using Ukraine appeal as a reference, direct to our account with Cafbank:
Sort Code: 40-52-40 
Account: 00017060

Card donations
For card donations please speak to Neil Jost. Please don't use the Give a little terminal in the church to give to the Ukraine appeal.

The Ukrainian Institute in London has some ideas for direct action and showing your support for Ukraine. Read them here

You can also see what others around the Rochester Diocese have been doing to show their support for those affected by the conflict here

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