Refugee Crisis–A Hard Journey to Freedom

imageThere will be a special service for the Syrian Refugee Crisis at St Peter’s Church in Wisbech, writes Fr Paul West. It is called: A Hard Journey to Freedom: Wisbech in Solidarity with Syrian Refugees. It will be held this coming Friday 6pm 11 September 2015. We welcome everyone to come and support our brothers and sisters in crisis.

In so many ways Wisbech is a compelling stage for the national discussion about migrants and refugees. As a Christian community we have worked hard to transform our town into a place of welcome and generosity to all new-comers.

We had excellent coverage from BBC Television (Look East) at our 70th Anniversary VJ Day Service on Friday 14 August. We hope to have them return for this service as well as us having contact with BBC Radio.

The service will include a large art (sculpture) installation piece, as a focus for prayer and reflection. There will also be readings by Wisbech children (English and migrant children) recognising the words and drawings of Syrian refugee children. The service also has readings, guest speaker (tbc), intercessions, procession, and a prayer vigil that concludes the service in silence.

The following week (Monday 14 September – Friday 18 September) sees the first Artist and Theologian in Residency, at St Peter’s Lodge, for the new academic year.  Fr Regan O’Callaghan (Artist in Residence of the Diocese of London) will explore the stories of refugees and God’s call for us to love Christ in strangers and in the poor. He will do this in a Paul Klee puppet making workshop using stories from the contemporary news stories, the Bible and the Lives of the Saints. The puppets created will be used in a performance to school communities, and student families, on the last day of the residency (Friday 18 September).