The UK Government is committed to resettling 23,000 refugees in the UK.
In July 2016 the Government launched the Community Sponsorship scheme to resettle refugees in the UK. It is an expansion the existing Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme (VPRS), and intends to resettle up to 20,000 Syrians in need of protection.
In addition, the Government is also committed to settling up an additional 3,000 unaccompanied minors, vulnerable children and their families under Vulnerable Children’s Scheme launched in April 2016.
This is an opportunity for churches and other faith-based organisations to be salt and light – to take on the challenging but rewarding role of offering hospitality to the stranger.
Christians are being encouraged to:
- Play a lead role in welcoming and helping these refugees rebuild their lives
- Provide the unaccompanied children with secure long-term foster care
- Offer practical services to refugees, including teaching English classes and mentoring young refugees, and more…
Church Response For Refugees is a movement of individuals, churches and communities, concerned about the plight of refugees arriving in the UK, coming together to use our voices, influence and resources to actively welcome and support refugees.
The Reason – “Remember you were a stranger” by The Reverend Canon Sam Wells