10 April 2017
Louth Churches For Refugees (LCFR), an organisation set up to focus support for victims of war, famine and persecution, recently staged an exhibition that was designed to increase awareness of the plight of refugees and the need to act now on their behalf.
Stations coincided with the first two weeks of Lent and featured a sequence of 14 large monochrome photographs of refugees in different situations, with these photographs mounted on plain wire fencing. Each photograph was accompanied by a text providing a brief outline of the subject, together with a biblical quotation referring to one of the 14 Stations of the Cross, which depict the sufferings that Jesus Christ endured during the events immediately prior to his crucifixion.
The Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, Bishop of Lincoln
During the course of the exhibition, which was held in the Methodist Church in Nichol Hill and generously supported by Jewsons Builders Merchants of Louth, several special events were held. These included an opening reception at which the Bishop of Lincoln gave an address (pictured above), a lecture by the Revd Bruce Thompson (Chair of Lincolnshire Methodist District), and a closing ‘celebration’ service that featured Pastor Stuart Keir from the Audacious Pentecostal Church in Manchester. A series of acts of worship during the exhibition were held by members of the Anglican church, Methodists, Baptists, Greek Orthodox and the Generations Church from Louth.
LCFR was established approximately 18 months ago with the aim of bringing together as many local churches as possible under the ‘Churches Together’ banner to promote a faith-based response to the plight of refugees, particularly those from Syria and Iraq. In order to bring the knowledge and expertise of a national charity on board, LCFR has partnered with Church Response For Refugees, which will be of great assistance in developing future initiatives. Ultimately, LCFR hopes to assist in the resettlement of refugee families in the Louth area under the Government’s Community Sponsorship Scheme.
The Revd Nick Brown, Rector of Louth
Stations has been declared a resounding success, and further information on the ongoing work of LCFR may be obtained by contacting John Troughton via email.
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