The Methodist Church in Britain Supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers Gathering 15 October, 11:00 am
In recent weeks, we have all been shocked and saddened by images of the fire at the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, the continuing tensions in Calais, The English Channel and Dover and the blocking of the Sea Watch Rescue Ship in the Mediterranean between Libya, Italy and Malta.
We are therefore inviting you to a Supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers Gathering over Zoom so that we can all share our concerns over recent developments, discuss our experiences in supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the UK and explore what actions we might individually and collectively take to ameliorate the situation.
The Zoom Gathering will take place on Thursday 15 October between 11 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. and will be hosted by the Rev'd. Ian Rutherford and the Rev'd. David Hardman (Manchester and Stockport) and Mr. Bala Gnanapragasam (London). We are delighted that we will be joined from Rome by Fiona Kendall who is European and Legal Affairs Advisor with Mediterranean Hope.
The Advocacy statement on situation of migrants and refugees in Europe published by the World Council of Churches on 22 September 2020 reminds us that Churches and international church-based organisations reaffirm their commitment to a compassionate response to people on the move. We call for adequate support both for people on the move and for their host communities. We appeal for an EU Pact on asylum and migration that respects relevant commitments under international law, the Global Compacts on Refugees and for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, and the EU’s core values of respect for human dignity and rights, and of effective solidarity among EU members.
The full statement, to which the World Methodist Council is a signatory, is here.
To join the Zoom meeting on 15 October please let Ian Rutherford know on ianr7 (@) hotmail.co.uk and he will send you the Zoom link.
Local Action Group Update September 2020
Chester Cathedral Event, supported by Churches Together in Frodsham Sara Shamma: Modern Slavery 10 October, 10:00 am - 22 October, 4:00 pm
Human trafficking and modern slavery affect an estimated 40 million people worldwide.
Sara Shamma: Modern Slavery, in the Cathedral’s Chapter House, draws attention to the global issue of modern slavery.
Based on interviews with women who have lived experience of modern slavery and experts in the field, London-based Syrian artist Sara Shamma visually considers the meaning of survival, endurance and recovery from survivors’ perspectives.
The exhibition is the result of a research-based residency as part of the King’s Artists programme at King’s College London. Based within the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), the artist worked closely with Dr Siân Oram and in partnership with the Helen Bamber Foundation. The exhibition is curated by Kathleen Soriano.
The exhibition at the Cathedral is supported by: Cheshire Constabulary, Chester Cathedral congregation, The Diocese of Chester, Cheshire West and Chester Council and individual donors.
Sara Shamma: Modern Slavery Saturday 10 October – Thursday 22 October Free entry Open normal Cathedral hours
Local Action Group Update March 2020
This was a Frodsham Churches Together sponsored event to raise funds for victims of Modern Slavery.
The Band is that of the Joint Divisional Band from the North West and North Wales of the Salvation Army.
An evening of music was greatly enjoyed by the local community. They were treated to a range of stirring sounds of music, Marches,Festival, Swing, Classical and vocal.
Local Action Group Update November 2019
Help needed for CAROL SINGING at Morrison's Supermarket. We have again been invited to our local Supermarket in December. Donations raised will go to the Salvation Army UK Victims fund for Modern Slavery.
This has been an activity appreciated by all who have participated, including the shoppers and staff. Please let us know which slots might suit you so we can make a rota, of course you can come for all of the slots!
Local Action Group Update November 2018
Help needed for CAROL SINGING at Morrison's Supermarket. We have again been invited to our local Supermarket on Saturday 15 December. Donations raised will go to the Salvation Army UK Victims fund for Modern Slavery.
This has been an activity appreciated by all who have participated, including the shoppers and staff. We will be supported by Sean and Christine from the Warrington Salvation Army.
We have divided the times into three slots: Morning 10.00 am to 11.30 am and 11.30 am to 1.00 pm Afternoon 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Please let us know which slots might suit you so we can make a rota, of course you can come for all of the slots!
Local Action Group Update June 2018
A new banner is available and has been on display first at Frodsham Methodist Church.
Local Action Group Update September 2017
Local Action Group Update December 2016
We will be singing carols at Morrisons, Frodsham, on Saturday 17th December, from 10am to 4pm, supported by members of the Salvation Army. If you can join us please, contact Stephen Pickett.
Local Action Group Update November 2016
Members of the Salvation Army and Frodsham Churches Together, joined forces during Anti Slavery week to increase the awareness of Human Trafficking.
Displays where held at coffee mornings at the Parish Hall in the High Street and the Community Church in Main Street. Leaflets where given out to those at the coffee mornings and to all the stall holders at the market.
Local Action Group Update October 2016
There will be a Joint Coffee Morning in support of Christian Aid and Anti-Human Trafficking at Frodsham Parish Church Hall on Thursday 20th October from 10 am until noon.
It is hoped that the weather will be kind to us as we intend to leaflet along the market with information on Human Trafficking. Displays and Literature will be available at the Parish Church Hall and Main Street Community Church.
For more information speak to Stephen Pickett.
Local Action Group Update October 2016
An interesting news story with comments from the Prime Minister on how Britain must lead the fight against human trafficking can be found here.
Local Action Group Update September 2016
Although slavery was abolished in the UK more than 200 years ago, stories filtering through the media in recent months have shown that modern day slavery is a real and current problem in this and other countries. Men, women and children are being trafficked across international borders with the aim of exploiting them. They can be forced to work in the sex trade, domestic service, forced labour and criminal activity or have their organs removed to be sold.
Many of us will be appalled by these stories and wonder how we can make a difference. Here are 3 ways:
Know how to spot the signs.
If you are concerned, ring the Police on 999 or 101. Or contact the Salvation Army Referral Helpline on 0300 3038151.
Raise awareness within congregations. Use prayers of intercession or the sermon slot to focus on the plight of people who are victims of trafficking. Prayer is a powerful tool.
Free resources are available on the Freedom Sunday website
We can all work together to raise awareness and take action to end Modern Slavery.
Local Action Group Update May 2016
Do consider attending this event to be held in Daresbury on Tuesday 7th June. Registration details are on the below poster.
Local Action Group Update March 2016
Recent arrests have continued to raise awareness of the issue of slavery with cases of modern slavery even being identified in Chester. You can read more here.
Local Action Group Update September 2015
Frodsham Churches Together have published a special newsletter that was delivered to all houses in Frodsham. An electronic copy of the newsletter can be viewed below.
In addition, the Rhema Theatre Company are also presenting an inspiring and moving new piece of theatre called 'It's Not Fair', telling stories from around the world of human trafficking - and those who fight against it. Chester Diocese and Churches Against Trafficking have invited Rhema to include Frodsham as a venue on their national tour this autumn. www.theitsnotfair.co.uk/tour-dates
The event will be held at Frodsham Methodist Church, Kingsley Road, Frodsham, WA6 6BA on Friday 16th October 2015 Starting at 7.30pm. For tickets go to www.eventbrite.co.uk or e-mail frodshamforuminfo (@) gmail.com. Tickets are free, though a donation is requested for victims of human trafficking.
As you read this you will be aware that a lot has happened since the Frodsham Forum a year ago on Anti Human Trafficking. A lot of energy has been given after the forum in engaging with other groups and in particular, politicians and Government Ministers with regard to improving the Modern Slavery Bill, which became an Act of Parliament on the 26th March 2015.
The Act will strengthen the response of law enforcement and the courts by:
Increasing the maximum sentence available for the most serious offenders from 14 years to life imprisonment;
Ensuring that perpetrators convicted of slavery or trafficking face the toughest asset confiscation regime;
Consolidating and simplifying existing modern slavery offences into one Act;
Introducing Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Orders and Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders to restrict the activity of individuals where they pose a risk of causing harm;
Strengthening law enforcement powers at sea to close loopholes which can prevent the police and Border Force being able to act on board vessels at sea.
The Modern Slavery Act will ensure victims receive the protection and support they deserve by:
Creating a statutory defence for victims of modern slavery so that they are not inappropriately criminalised;
Giving the courts new powers to order perpetrators of slavery and trafficking to pay Reparation Orders to their victims;
Providing for child advocates to support child victims of trafficking;
Extending special measures so that all victims of modern slavery can be supported through the criminal justice process;
Providing statutory guidance on victim identification and victim services, including an enabling power to put the relevant processes on a statutory basis;
Introducing protections for victims of abuse on an overseas domestic workers visa.
Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner
The Act also establishes the UK’s first ever Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner to drive forward the law enforcement response and hold them to account at all levels, ensuring that the perpetrators are caught and prosecuted and that the victims are swiftly identified so they can get help.
Everybody is pleased that the Act is now law. Although all agree there is more to be done, such as identifying hidden slavery in the supply chains of Major companies.
Churches Together Against Trafficking
Churches can act Together and be a large organisation against trafficking. Everybody has to be part of the solution. Think when you buy goods, who made them? If you see something that gives you cause for concern, report it to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111. Think about supporting the Salvation Army Human Trafficking Victims fund and similar front line organisations.
Raise awareness, get organised! Over the last few years Churches Together have had a, Forum to raise awareness, established links with other groups, ecumenical services, coffee mornings, talks to church groups and others, fund raising for front line organisations. Why not see us at the Cheshire Show on the 23rd and 24th June? We have joined forces with the Soroptimist’s at their Tent with the ‘Stop the Traffic - Gift Box. Don’t pass by, say, Hello.
This is just part of the work that has and is going on to help people become aware of what Human Trafficking is and what they can do to combat it. The work of Churches Together is to raise awareness in all communities and to support organisations in the front line.
If you would like further details about the work of Churches Together Against Trafficking, e-mail: frodshamforuminfo (@) gmail.com
Local Action Group Update February 2015
A local action group has been set up, which is supported by members of various churches in Frodsham and Frodsham Churches Together. An ecumenical service was held on Sunday 19th October 2014 at 4pm, at S. Luke's Roman Catholic Church and the local action group also supported the Salvation Army National Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking.
The Pop-up shop held in the week of Monday 16th February 2015 raised over £2,300. The week brought people of the churches together and helped build bridges across the wider community.
For further information on the Forum, or to attend one of the regular meetings to look at what can be done in the short and medium term, e-mail enquiries to: email@example.com.
Anti-Human Trafficking Forum March 2014
People from a variety of Christian denominations, from Merseyside, Manchester, Altrincham, Stoke-on-Trent and across the Cheshire plain came to Frodsham Methodist Church on Saturday 29th March 2014.
Why? because of their concerns about human trafficking in the U.K. and internationally. In a full day’s forum, a range of speakers explained the facts about what human trafficking is, what is being done to stop it and how to support victims.
Major Anne Read from the Salvation Army Headquarters and their National Anti-Trafficking Response Co-ordinator led the day. Anne was supported by her colleague Major Gladys Ljungholm from the North Western Division. Other speakers included the local M.P. Graham Evans and Hannah Flint from International Justice Mission. Discussion in the afternoon was chaired by Frodsham Methodist Church’s minister, Rev’d. Denise Harding.
The Forum, supported by Frodsham and Cheshire Churches Together, sought to inform individuals and encourage them to discuss and identify positive forms of action. The Forum was an opportunity for concerned individuals to identify how the Church and other organisations could respond to this issue in a modern world. If you are concerned that someone may have been trafficked, telephone Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or The Salvation Army on 0300 3038151.
Stephen Pickett, Frodsham Churches Together, Hannah Flint, International Justice Mission, Major Gladys Ljungholm, Salvation Army North Western Division, Major Anne Read, Salvation Army Anti-Trafficking Response Co-ordinator, Graham Evans, M.P. for Weaver Vale and Rev’d. Denise Harding, Minister at Frodsham Methodist Church