The Bishops’ Lent Appeal 2017 is raising funds for refugees at home and abroad. Donations will be split between helping refugees in the Diocese of Bath & Wells and refugees in Greece.
Individuals can donate on-line or via text. The Bishops have also invited the 496 churches in the diocese to take part.
Bishop Peter says: “We’re living through the unprecedented movement of people from war-torn towns and cities. They flee fearful for their own lives and the lives of their children. Please do consider contributing to the appeal. Half of what is collected across the Diocese will go to work supporting refugees here in Somerset, and half will go to encourage and support the work of a St Paul’s church community in Athens, Greece, helping to provide food, clothing and shelter for those in immediate need.”
Bishop Ruth says: “Bishop Peter and I have made a very specific Bishops’ Lent Appeal this year to support the work of welcome to refugees. I have been very encouraged to hear of the stories of those who have found practical support and a warm welcome from the people of Somerset in the midst of despair, anxiety and fear.
“It has been a real joy to see folk gathering together to offer whatever they can by way of befriending, language support, homes to those in need. One primary school has even seen the children collecting money to buy bicycles for two Syrian children. Such generosity!
“Please do consider giving something to the Bishops’ Lent Appeal so that together we can help offer a warm welcome to refugees in Somerset and in Greece.”
Money raised through the Bishops’ Lent Appeal will be used to provide support to refugees in Somerset and in Greece
In Somerset your money will:
- Help train volunteers wishing to offer a befriending service to refugees;
- Help train volunteers and refugees with interpretation and language skills;
- Provide support to refugees in accessing education and medical services.
In Greece your money will:
- Help equip a hostel for minors with underwear and track suits;
- Contribute to the food stock at the hostel;
- Help to finance tents and formula milk at the reception centre in Samos;
- Contribute to the funding of personnel working to establish a child friendly/educational space.
If you would like to donate to the Bishops’ Lent Appeal 2017 you can do so in one of three ways:
The bishops are inviting churches to be part of the Bishops’ Lent Appeal 2017 and to hold a collection one Sunday in Lent. A letter has been emailed to clergy and treasurers with instructions on how churches can set up a collection in church this Lent period.
By text message
Text BISH17 and your donation amount to 70070. For example, to donate £12 your text should read: “BISH17 £12”
You can donate using a debit or credit card via our online donations page.