Prayers for those seeking refuge
Our diocesan work with refugees is dynamic and diversified as we try to respond to specific needs of those who are forcibly displaced.
When there is an emergency, such as the current situation in Ukraine or the recent events in Afghanistan, we liaise with foodbanks, clothes banks, toddlers’ banks, and other agencies to jointly provide for what is needed.
Food, clothes, toys and toiletries are very important necessities preserving the dignity of people. However, how can we best respond to the spiritual needs of evacuees, asylum seekers and refugees? In the economy of solidarity and support, we have created a Prayerbank.
Our Diocesan Prayerbank aims to offer a personalised space for spiritual healing and comfort for evacuees, refugees, and asylum seekers. It allows for a space where prayers are offered and received.
We hope that it will be comforting for newcomers, whose home is no more and whose future feels so uncertain, to find rest in a prayer that someone has written for them. We also think that it will be wonderful for someone with a prayer to give to provide a space for the prayer to be found.
The Prayerbank might also be very helpful in times of tension and discouragement for those in our parishes working with refugees and the marginalised. It will remind us that we are not alone.
We are calling for prayers coming from anyone and anywhere in our Church family. Prayers for children and young people are so desperately needed
Please send your prayers to Domenica, your Kent Refugee Officer at email@example.com
When sending your prayer, you can include your first name and the name of your parish. If you are sending the prayer of a child, please only include their first name and age.
Prayers will be appear below and the link (www.canterburydiocese.org/prayer-bank)would be shared routinely to reach as many people as possible.
Almighty and merciful God of love,
We pray for all those who seek shelter, welcome, safety and love.
Fill them with the hope that they will be received with open arms,
that the fear and uncertainty they feel will be lessened and they are welcomed in a loving embrace by many in your name.
For those offering a place of sanctuary and safety, please guide and strengthen them
so that they can fulfil your promise and are sustained in doing so.
Surround all with compassion, tender kindness and a sense of togetherness as they walk alongside each other.
In Jesus’ name,
Prayer donated by Jac
We think of all the refugees that had to leave their home to be safe. We pray that people are welcoming and kind like we are.
We pray that refugees all over the world flee to a safe space. Thank you for enabling us to be kind and welcoming. Please continue to help those who are not as fortunate as us to be safe.
Please may everyone find shelter when they need it this winter. May Christmas allow everyone to welcome those less fortunate, family and friends into our home. Thankyou for your kindness in welcoming everyone with your love.
Prayers donated by children fromt Newington Church of England Primary School, December 2022.
You are not an accident
Even at the moment of your conception
out of many possibilities
only certain cells combined
grew to be you
You are unique
You were created for a purpose
God loves you
Prayer donated by Karen, Junction - St Peter's Church - Boughton Monchelsea
God, for all those displaced, outside, cut-off, afraid, Your presence enfolds all,
Bring forth people to help others to suffer less,
Help us to change systems that marginalise and disadvantage others,
Help us to see as You see,
All are cherished,
All are gifted,
All are loved,
When one hurts, we all hurt.
Marianne, Canterbury Diocese
An Advent Prayer for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Incarnate loving Jesus, born as a refugee,
Grant us your gifts of compassion and welcome
For the homeless and hungry who have fled from oppression, war, and danger.
Help us to overcome fear and prejudice that we may share the abundance of your generosity
With strangers seeking refuge and asylum.
Bless the work of diocesan refugee workers
That the light of your love may be known to all this Christmastide.
I would love the Diocese to pray for all those who are forced to leave their countries, and for all the countries who receive them; that this may be a blessing.
Pray to have the courage to witness our Lord Jesus in welcoming the stranger.
Pray to have Jesus’ heart, and experience such love, strong and pure, regardless of gratitude, of what we think is deservedness.
Pray to remember that this is how Jesus loved us on the cross and forever.
Pray to keep our hearts alive and warm to witness the miracle of love where it’s not expected.
Almighty and Merciful God,
You that are the Father,
And have experienced hate and mistrust upon your Son,
Please grant us an understanding heart;
We pray for refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children;
Bless those whose home is no more,
And those who welcome the stranger as their own;
Lord of Light,
You are the One and only who truly knows the limits of the mind;
Help us shine from within.
Let us be the tiny matches carrying your light where we see darkness;
And lead us in simplicity with others; through Jesus Christ our Lord.