This weekend saw churches and Christians from across the UK and Ireland come together in an act of witness to pray for the people of Ukraine and for an end to the conflict.
Hundreds of congregations took part, including national events across the country. In London, almost 100 people came together in prayer for the people of Ukraine outside the Ukrainian embassy.
International humanitarian charity and CTE Agency, Christian Aid, also organised projections across Westminster Abbey, Methodist Central Hall, St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Glasgow Cathedral, and Bangor Cathedral to show the solidarity of churches and Christians with the people of Ukraine.
Among the faith leaders supporting the act of witness this weekend were CTE Presidents Archbishop Justin Welby, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas and Bishop Tedroy Powell. Archbishop Nikitas and CTE General Secretary Bishop Mike Royal helped lead the prayers at the Ukrainian Embassy event.
Churches and Christian organisations continue to respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine with prayers and appeals for aid. Christian Aid is working with partner organisations through the ACT Alliance to help people fleeing the war in Ukraine.
Chair of Christian Aid and former Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, said:
“Like the people of Ukraine looking out for their neighbours or the charity workers delivering emergency food to people seeking refuge, we must bring hope.
“That is why Christians from across the UK and Ireland – recognising the God-given human dignity and rights of every human being – united in an act of witness to pray for Ukraine and an end to the conflict.
“With one voice, we are calling for an immediate ceasefire and an unequivocal commitment to protect civilians and key services.
“Every prayer, every gift, every action brings hope to the people of Ukraine. My thanks to the thousands who showed their support for Ukraine this weekend.”
© Jess Hurd, Christian Aid