Offering Sanctuary

Website offering sanctuary
Over a number of years, we have been delighted to offer a welcome and a place of belonging within the life of our church to an increasing number of asylum seekers and refugees. In addition to befriending asylum seekers through our Crossing Points allotment project, we have a number of links with local organisations offering support. Believing that ‘welcoming the stranger’ is a biblical imperative, and wishing to join the prophetic voices that are currently seeking to change the language and offer a different approach regarding those who come to Britain looking for a sanctuary from persecution back home, we agreed as a church recently to sign up to the Birmingham Declaration. This is a statement expressing concern for the plight of asylum seekers and refugees across the country that emerged from the national Sanctuary Summit held in Birmingham in November 2014. The full text of the declaration can be found here, but it includes the following:

“Britain has a long tradition of offering protection to those fleeing persecution, many of whom have gone on to make a considerable contribution to our society. It also has a reputation for fairness and justice that is the envy of many other nations. We commit ourselves to work together to ensure that our great country continues to be a safe place for those fleeing persecution and a welcoming place for all people who come here to study, work or join family and who will work alongside us to build a just and fair society.”