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Working with migrants and refugees in Calais

Christ Church has been supporting work amongst the refugees and migrants in Calais on the channel coast for a few years now. We have sent donations, offered friendship and clothes, food and biscuits as requested by those on the spot. Our sister churches in the Pas de Calais have also been involved, particularly by Br Johannes’ presence on a Sunday at the Calais chaplaincy. He has often taken one or two of the migrants with him to church and last year one of them was baptised.

Thank you all for your help.

Now we are asking for your support again, but this time it is to help with a project jointly funded by the Diocese of Canterbury, the Diocese in Europe and USPG (an international Anglican charity). This project is finally becoming reality as the search will soon start for a chaplain for the Pas de Calais Chaplaincy who will also be Refugee Officer working with the various organisations and people along the northern coast.

Working with the refugees also means working with all the volunteer organisations who are doing so much is immensely rewarding but it can be extremely stressful and exhausting.

If you have a moment, please watch the short videos which were made earlier in the month by our Diocesan Communications team. I was in Calais to help them meet everyone, and the films are a moving tribute to the care, compassion and the love of God shown by those involved.

Thank you to everyone who has already contributed by putting something in one of our Lent envelopes in church.

Can you help? Thank you! 

Debbie Flach

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