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Connect: Citizen UK Some of us have properties that can be made available to local councils for the housing of refugees.If you would like to know more about how you can use your home as part of a long term solution then contact and register online with Citizen UK 3.We are witnessing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis a lot closer to home than we have ever expected as we think of the situation in Calais as people desperately try to enter our country.Over the last few days we have been thinking and praying about how Upton Vale can respond in a compassionate, practical and biblical way to help those fleeing atrocities in their home country for a better life.Now they are partnering with church groups in Europe, enabling them to offer care, support and aid to those that have already fled and are in huge need.To find out more and to give directly to them please visit [Additionally, we would also add Christian Aid to this list, visit and follow links].'It is natural that we want support this by playing our part as Baptists Together, in assisting with the important task of ensuring that these along with other offers of help are appropriately developed and co-ordinated.

Lets continue to support them, and pray for peace and to be challenged into action."Additionally, Revd Lynn Green, the Baptist Union General Secretary has written a helpful article with more practical ways we as Christians can respond.

Citizens UK is a longstanding consortium of community and faith groups who, in response to the outpouring of public support for Syrian refugees, are proposing the formation of two new bodies to enable civil society and the private sector to play an effective role, alongside local and national government and their partners, in refugee resettlement: Local Baptists are now invited to add their own voices to this growing call for a properly co-ordinated and managed resettlement programme and to contact their MPs and MEPs to urge them to support the formation of settlement boards.