Here you can find updates on what our churches and communities are doing to welcome and support refugees arriving in the York area.
The Methodist Circuit have offered an unoccupied manse to house a refugee family, and we hope to hear more details of this soon, with the first refugees expected to arrive in York in the early part of 2016.
We hope to be able to clarify what is needed in terms of furniture and practical/ financial help in the new year.
The Council are co-ordinating the plans to help refugees settle in, including people to help with English tuition, education and cultural and community support.
The website www.yorksaysrefugeeswelcomehere.org/ has more local information.
You can hear Revd Leslie Newton talking to Vale Radio about our response to the refugee crisis here.
A letter from the Secretary of the Methodist Conference to the Home Secretary calling for a more generous response.
The Methodist Church have resources and material for reflection and prayer available on their website.
18th September 2015
At our Circuit Council meeting on Wednesday 16th September 2015 we agreed to issue the following statement to make plain our support for welcoming refugees:
The York Methodist Circuit expresses its commitment to York being a place of welcome and sanctuary for refugees.
We offer our support, and practical help in whatever ways will be most useful, to York City Council as it seeks to co-ordinate plans for welcoming refugees.
We add our voice to those of many others in calling on the Government to increase the number of refugees it is willing to welcome into our country.
As an initial response we commit to:
York Methodist Circuit Council, Wednesday 16th September 2015