The Churchwardens of Christ Church in Kiev are appealing to Christians all over the world to pray for a peaceful end to the strife and bloodshed there.
The small English speaking Anglican church in the Ukrainian capital opened on Easter Day 1999. It has members from the USA, Great Britain, Ukraine, Canada, India and although they currently do not have a Priest in Charge they hold regular services and welcome visiting clergy from time to time.
Churchwardens Thamarai & Anita say they are saddened by the latest developments in the city. They plan to continue Sunday worship although the first floor of their Church building has for the past 80 days been used as a First Aid post both for the police and protesters.
They ask for prayers that good sense may prevail between the Government and Protesters. They say that it seems unfortunately that the opposition has little control over protesters which is why matters have escalated and add “Only PRAYERS all over the world can save the country from further bloodshed”
Bishop David has sent this message to the church:-
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ
The world has looked on with horror at the eruption of violence in Kiev, and the latest news of so many deaths and injured.
We in the Diocese in Europe pray with Christians everywhere that all the parties in the country will refrain from violence and that the authorities and armed protesters will exercise restraint. What is important now is the rebuilding of trust and moving towards a political settlement which will restore confidence among the people, and honour their desire for peace and a common future. We pray for God’s wisdom from above to guide all those within the country and those outside who are seeking to a lasting and just solution to the crisis.
Please know that your brothers and sisters in the Diocese are with you in prayer, particularly for the safety of all, and for a return to peace, security and stability. We also pray for those who have been affected economically, especially those already in vulnerable and marginalised situations. I commend the parish of Christ Church for every effort you make to reach out in Christian love to those in need at this time. We also pray for those affected by the recent violence, in particular those who have lost loved ones or suffered injury.
May you know God’s comfort and his peace.
The Venerable Patrick Curran, Archdeacon of the East, says he is keeping in regular contact with the church leaders in Kiev and reaffirms the appeal for prayer this weekend.
Kiev church website: www.ChurchofEngland.org.ua
Kiev church on Facebook: www.facebook.om/ChurchofEnglandKiev