The six Presidents of Churches Together in England have sent sincere condolences in a joint statement made in response to the Finsbury Park attack of 19 June 2017:
‘We were shocked to learn of the brutal attack on worshippers leaving the Finsbury Park mosque in the early hours of this morning. We unreservedly condemn all acts of violence which seek to undermine our society and foster hatred and intolerance. Jesus came among us as the Prince of Peace, and in his name and for his sake, we stand in solidarity with our Muslim friends. We remember in our prayers those who have been injured. We pray for the leaders of our communities and nation, and for those who work in our emergency services. We pray too for those who perpetrate such acts that God may touch their hearts and minds with his love, forgiveness and compassion.’
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland runs a ‘Focus on Refugees’ website to provide a link to stories and resources relating to the current migrant crisis. Access the links via http://focusonrefugees.org.
Christian Aid recently launched its CHANGE THE STORY initiative to encourage Christians to write to local newspapers with positive stories about refugees and those who offer welcome and support to them. More information via this link.
Recent figures show a 10% increase in the number of emergency food parcels given to people by Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank. 5,302 three day emergency food supplies were provided to local people by Stoke-on-Trent foodbank in the period April – September 2016, compared to 4,789 during the same period in 2015. 2,021 of the 5,302 parcels were given to children.
The top three reasons for referral to Stoke-on-Trent foodbank were: benefit delay (27%); low income (24%); and benefit change (22%). Statistics published by The Trussell Trust foodbank network show that UK-wide foodbank figures are still not decreasing. More information about Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank here.