Leeds Churches Welcomes Ukrainians and Russians
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Posted on: 14th April 2022
A letter from Churches and the Christian Community in West Yorkshire in support of the Ukrainian and Russian communities that already live here and will arrive as Refugees.
On 24th February 2022 Ukraine was invaded by Russian forces. As Christian leaders, we stand together in our response. We lament and grieve the catastrophe and carnage which this war has inflicted upon men, women, and children in Ukraine.
We pray for the cessation of war and the flourishing of peace. We wholeheartedly affirm that Ukrainians, whether recent refugees or previous residents, are welcome here!
We request that MPs, Councillors and the Mayoral Authority in West Yorkshire work with politicians nationally to grant safe and timely passage for Ukrainian refugees to stay in our region and that the compassionate offers of accommodation through hosting be appropriately utilised.
We encourage everyone in our region to play their part in supporting the people of Ukraine, whether through prayer, financial giving, donating appropriate items, or offering to host refugees or support them in other ways. Many of us have been encouraged by the work of the Christian Community in Ukraine and the surrounding nations to support those affected by the war. We admire their tireless hard work, sacrifice and huge bravery and continue to pray for everyone impacted by the conflict.
We also ask for compassion towards the people of Russia who live here, for many Russians have experienced hardship themselves and many oppose the war.
At this time of Easter, Christians remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ who died for our sins on the Cross at Calvary in Jerusalem. We also remember the huge hardship, physical and mental torture and sacrifice that is being experienced in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mariupol and many other cities, towns and villages. We pray that God would grant peace to Ukrainian people wherever they are and that they will be comforted and find hope at Easter. (More details in the Yorkshire Evening Post.)
This letter is signed by 100 Church and Christian leaders:
John Davy – Pastoral Associate at Gateway Church Leeds
Matt Barlow – Senior Pastor at The Light Church Bradford
Tony Hodges - City Vision National Coordinator (Wakefield)
Fr. Petro Somikov - Priest of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in UK (Resident in Bradford)
Revd Mike Reid, Elim Church Huddersfield
Right Reverend Marcus Stock, Catholic Bishop of Leeds
Revd Jon Swales – Pastor of Lighthouse
Dave Paterson – Project Manager at Unity in Poverty Action (UPA)
Revd Ruth Wood, Minister of Dewsbury Baptist Church
Andy Jolley - Archdeacon of Bradford
Tony Parry - Senior Pastor & District Bishop, New Testament Church of God, Leeds
Eleanor Brennan - Ministerial Assistant for Wakefield Baptist Church
Rev. Jack Skett & Rev. Annie Skett, Senior Leaders, Dewsbury Elim Church.
Revd - Denver Thompson - New Life Community Church Yeadon
Revd Martin Cawley, Deacon at SS Peter and Paul Church, Yeadon
Revd Alistair Kaye – Vicar at St Luke’s Church Beeston
Pastor Stephen Reilly - Senior Pastor, Bridge Community Church
Matt Hatch (Senior Pastor) & Dan Chadwick (Pastor) Mosaic Church, Leeds
Stuart Morris - Senior Pastor City Valley Church (Bradford / Aire Valley)
St Matts Church (Leeds)
David Cole – Elder at Gateway Church
Anna Bland – Coordinator of Leeds Sanctuary.
Revd Dr Angela Birkin Team Vicar, St Michael, All Angels’ Headingley and All Hallows’ Team
David & Alison Flowers – Senior Pastors of Leeds Vineyard
Revd Richard Walker - St Johns Yeadon
Revd Helen Lambert - Trinity Rawdon
Father Murray St Peter’s & Paul Catholic Church
Fr Alexander Crawford, St Margaret’s Church, Wells Road, Ilkley
Revd Lindsey Pearson Vicar of Beeston
Cliff Allchin, Major – Leeds Central Salvation Army Corps
Mark Kelly - Freedom Initiatives
Mark Harlow - Vicar of St Paul’s Ireland Wood
Revd Heston Groenewald - Vicar of All Hallows Leeds
John Casey – Chair of Trustees at Leeds South and East Foodbank
Chris Frost – Head Elder at Gateway Church
Rick Thomas, Community Church Leeds.
Duncan Stow, Horsforth Chaplaincy Project
Adam Dickson - Associate Vicar of St. John’s Great Horton and St. Wilfrid’s Lidget Green
Revd Ashley Evans, Minister at Bolton Villas Family Church
Chris & Lisa Mason, leaders of Grace City Church, Bradford
Warren Evans, CEO of Sports Chaplaincy UK
John Bavington, Vicar of Great Horton and Lidget Green, Bradford
Colin Lowther – CEO @ Reach Beyond / The Millside Centre.
Hannah Raitt - Assistant Curate, St Matthew’s Bankfoot and St Stephen’s West Bowling,
Revd Hannah Lievesley – St Chads Church, Headingley.
Revd Pete Gunstone - Curate, Fountains Church Bradford, Church of England
Isaiah & Adejoke Oyedele - Lead Pastors, Chosen Church
Rachel Dawson; Assistant Pastor @ The Light Church Bradford
Nicola Johnson, Christopher Rushton, Diane Speck - Deacons of Clayton Gospel Hall.
Dr Abimbola Oladokun – Deacon at Cloverleaf Christian Centre
Revd Joanna Seabourne, Area Dean, Headingley.
Revd Dr Che Seabourne, Curate, St George’s Church Leeds, Church of England General Synod.
Theo Sheridan – Wellsprings Together and Leeds Christian Community Trust
The Revd Mark Smith, Vicar of Rawdon, Minister with Deaf People in the Diocese of Leeds
Revd Tim Lowe, St Andrew’s Roundhay United Reformed Church and Wigton Moor United Reformed Church
Revd. Lynne Grey – All Souls Church
Bob Bailey - Team Rector, Allerton Bywater, Kippax and Swillington
Ericcson T. Mapfumo Assistant Curate St Martin’s Potternewton, Leeds
Revd James H. Turner, Middleton
Pastor (Dr) Kemi Ilori, General Overseer, Living Hope Church
Andi Hofbauer, Vicar of St Aidan’s Leeds (CofE)
Claire Probert – Leeds Space Network
Karen and Jonathan Gray – Overseers of Connecting Crossgates
Ben Jones – Project Manager at Missional Generation
Pastor Elizabeth Osunde - The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Holy Ghost Zone, Leeds.
Ebenezzer Ayree- Pastor at Good Shepherd Church.
Simon Dowling - Horsforth Town Councillor
Co-chair of LTHT Christian Network.
Shelley Dring - Children and Families lead at Moortown Baptist
Revd. Jo James, Minister, Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds.
Reverend Olusola Ransome-Kuti - The Amazing Grace Christian Centre.
Mr Aidan Schooley - Mentor Coordinator, In2Out, HMYOI Wetherby.
Cllr Andrew Scopes for Beeston and Holbeck ward.
Cllr Emma Flint in Headingley and Westwood
Ian & Julie Nundy - Lead Pastors Vision Church, Leeds
Jim Roland - Church Warden at Wrangthorn St Augustine Church.
Pastor Sheyi - In His Presence Four Square Church
Cllr Abigail Marshall Katung in Woodhouse and Little London - Lead Member for Faith and Religion
Revd Dr Joshua Cockayne, Holy Trinity Boar Lane
Neruka White - Jesus Christ Apostolic Church
Richard and Kate Colbrook, pastors, Community Church Leeds
Tim Wyatt - Wyatt and Co
Revd Andy and Norma Hobbs, Leaders, Harehills Lane Baptist Church.
Revd Steve Lees - Church of England Chaplain at BTHFT
Rev. Simon and Gladys Mudada - AFM House of Prayer Church Harehills, Leeds
Eleanor Brennan - Ministerial Assistant for Wakefield Baptist Church
Peter Morden – Senior Minster at Cornerstone Baptist Church
Ben Lawrence - Team leader at Leeds Faith in Schools
Tim Thomas, Priest in Charge, St John’s Bowling, Bradford
Deborah Warren, Pioneers Team Leader, Bradford; Cross-Cultural/Cross-Faith Educator.
Revd Rachel Ward - Methodist minister Leeds South and West Circuit
Catherine Beaumont – Manager Leeds Christian Community Trust
Roger Quick – Chaplain at St George’s Crypt
Revd Jo Lightowler, Superintendent Minister Leeds South and West Methodist Circuit
The Revd Rob Denton, Vicar of Calverley
Sarah Jackson and Laura Hodgson – Senior Leaders at Kidz Klub
Paul Lancaster - Hope for the Nations
Paul Cloke - Senior Steward West Leeds Community Church, LSW Methodists
Revd Richard Dimery – Vicar of Pudsey (Church of England)
Will Munton - Missional Social Action Lead, The Oak Church
Revd Micky Munroe - Senior Minister at Guiseley Baptist Church
Tom Thrower - Pastor of Redeemer Church Leeds
David Horsfall - Director of Leeds School of Theology
Revd Keith Fraser – Smith – Christ Church Upper Armley
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