Here are some stories from around the diocese demonstrating the good work that parishes have done.
- One parish (which remains anonymous to protect the privacy of the refugees) has had their contributions recognised in a national competition. Watch the video below and read their story here.
- St Martin’s Church, Dorking, was the focal point for a local collection of new and quality used clothes and bedding for the Syrian refugee camps – with the latest donations filling four vans and two cars. Read their story here.
- St Mary’s Church, Chiddingfold, organised their largest collection to date for refugees from conflict zones in Syria and Iraq - 82 large boxes of warm winter clothing, bedding and footwear. Read their story here.
Please keep sending your photos and stories of how you or your church has been responding so they can encourage others - and so that we can keep the press aware of our positive attitude towards refugees.
We can #Changethestory
The stories we hear and the stories we tell are important. They help us shape our thoughts, form our opinions and set the agenda.
Refugees are often portrayed negatively in the media. We are told that they are drain on our economy and that we should be fearful about the impact of immigration on our communities. We hear far less about the positive contributions that refugees make, how historically refugees have enhanced our society, and about the willingness of local people to make refugees welcome.
#Changethestory is a Christian Aid initiative seeking to change the narrative on refugees. If bishops, deans and clergy write to their local papers and encourage churches who have stories to do the same, we can create a voice challenging the stream of dehumanising articles by the press.
If you have a story to tell, either contact the diocese or your local newspaper so that we can Change The Story about refugees.