This week is Refugee Week. In Stratford-upon-Avon, a Vigil for Refugees, focusing on the Lampedusa Cross , will take place in the Guild Chapel on Wednesday 21 June, 3-5pm. All very welcome to attend. Do read on for more details.
Roger Matthews, the Chair of Welcome Here, shares:
‘People in Stratford will be able to find out more about refugees locally, nationally and internationally during Refugee Week 2017, which will run from Monday 19 June to Sunday 25 June on the theme Different Pasts, Shared Future.
At the heart of the week will be a Vigil for Refugees, to be held 3.00 – 5.00 on the afternoon of Wednesday 21 June at the Guild Chapel, Chapel Lane, Stratford CV37 6EP.
The vigil is being organised by Welcome Here, the group that has been set up by local people to provide a community welcome to Syrian refugees coming to Stratford under the Government’s resettlement programme. And the vigil is being supported by local churches and faith groups.
Special help is being provided by St Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church in Stratford, which is providing a Lampedusa cross as a focus for the vigil. Lampedusa crosses are made out of the driftwood from wrecked boats that refugees have used to try to cross the Mediterranean, and Pope Francis has carried a Lampedusa cross at a memorial mass for refugees who have died.
The vigil is open to everyone, whether a churchgoer or not. It will provide time for silent prayer and contemplation as well as opportunities for sharing thoughts or readings with others. People will be welcome to take part for a few minutes or the whole two hours.’