BISHOP’S ADVENT APPEAL 2015

Each year our diocesan Bishop chooses a specific cause to support during the season of Advent. This year’s pertinent choice is supporting refugees and those who work with them in Greece. You can find out more here Advent Appeal 2015

If you wish to make a donation please place it in the plate at church in a marked envelope or transfer to the church account with “Bishop’s Advent Appeal” in the Verwendungszweck. Account details are here:

Kontoinhaber : Friends of the English Church e.V.
IBAN: DE67 5206 0410 0000 4022 22
BIC: GENODEF1EK1
Bank: Evangelische Bank

The Bishop in Europe:

The Right Reverend Dr. Robert Innes

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

BISHOP’S ADVENT APPEAL 2015

At Christmas time, we remember that the infant Jesus was a migrant – born away from home in Bethlehem and then fleeing with his family from Herod’s persecution to safety in Egypt.

Today, migration is ‘the big issue’ across Europe. But whilst every country is talking about migration, some countries are affected more than others, and amongst the most affected is Greece.

It is therefore without hesitation that in my appeal for Advent 2015 I encourage us to respond to the needs of migrants arriving in Greece. The attached documents eloquently set out what is envisaged.

There are two projects. One is the ‘Lighthouse’ project aiming to bring relief to migrants arriving on the island of Lesvos. Because of its proximity to Turkey, this is the island which has been receiving the highest arrival rate and where the conditions seem to be amongst the worst. ‘Lighthouse’ is a new non-profit organisation set up to meet some critical and acute needs.

The other project relates to our long term support for Apostoli, the Greek Orthodox diaconal organisation providing assistance to refugees in Athens, and also on the islands of Chios, Samos and Kos.

Funds will be allocated to the two projects as seems right when the money is ready for distribution in 2016.

As usual, we invite each chaplaincy to make its own arrangements for collection of money towards the Bishop’s Appeal and then for the local church treasurer to forward collections to the diocesan office.

This is a very practical way in which the whole diocese can contribute towards the needs of some of the most vulnerable people on our continent. Please do encourage your people to give generously.

With every blessing,

+Robert Gibraltar in Europe

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