Emergencies

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People from the Centro Educacional de la Madera (Timber Education Centre) volunteers to build houses for people who have lost everything.
Volunteers building a home for earthquake victims.

The United Church has a long history of assisting a time of emegency, both globally and close to home. 

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PDF icon A Prayer of Gratitude in Times Like These
A prayer from United Church of Canada partner the United Church of Christ in the Philippines
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September 28, 2016
In Advent, we celebrate the story of a young family in the Middle East, displaced from their home, facing an arduous journey and great danger. This is especially poignant as more than 10 million Syrians who have been forcibly displaced from their homes by five years of civil war. Responding to this crisis has been part of the Mission & Service of the whole United Church. And there’s still...

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PDF icon Bulletin Insert for Syria Appeal
A bulletin insert to use to raise awareness of the United Church Syrian Refugee Appeal.
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October 7, 2016
The United Church of Canada is in communication with Mission & Service partners on the ground, but some are finding it challenging to reach people in some of the most remote and heavily damaged areas.
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September 19, 2016
Colleagues from Korea express their support for those affected by the wildfires in and around Fort McMurray, AB.
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September 19, 2016
Please pray for the affected people of Ecuador and Japan.
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October 19, 2016
New video: Your generous gifts support education, opportunities, and hope for displaced Syrian children and youth.
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October 14, 2016
The United Church of Canada is launching an emergency appeal to provide humanitarian relief to Haiti, Cuba, and nearby Caribbean countries devastated by the impact of Hurricane Matthew.
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September 28, 2016
Many have paused recently to reflect on the anniversary of the two earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015. United Church people have demonstrated their faithfulness and compassion over the last year by contributing 3,500 donations totalling $863,000 to support recovery and rehabilitation programs on the ground in Nepal. On behalf of ACT Alliance and its implementing partners in Nepal...
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September 28, 2016
With support from the United Church and others, partners are working hard especially to empower Syrian women and children. The Joint Christian Committee for Social Services (JCC) provides services to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. JCC is the Lebanon Area Committee of the Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees and the Middle East Council of Churches , which are Mission and Service partners...

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File Pray for Brussels
We encourage people to pray with all those affected by acts of terrorism.

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File Prayer for African Drought Relief
A prayer for those affected by the drought in Africa.
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March 17, 2017

Caring God,

Our failure to care for creation continues to cause pain and suffering beyond imagining.
Across Africa
     lush lands are becoming barren;
     water is becoming scarce;
     soil is eroding;
     livestock are dying;
     and people are in growing need of food assistance.

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October 14, 2016

Eternal Creator,

Bless the lands bearing the enormous strength of Hurricane Matthew, 
and bless the people who love these lands and call them home.

With your help and guidance, may we work to:

Protect the vulnerable and those most affected by the raging rainfall, flash floods, and landslides;

Strengthen those who are able to offer physical, emotional, and spiritual aid; and

Support our partners in ministry who will continue to serve the people and the land long after the storm has passed.

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File Prayer for Peace in Syria
A Prayer for Peace in Syria
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September 28, 2016

God,
we are peacekeepers and kin-dom builders
—lost—
in search of how to best support a peaceable resolution to the conflict in Syria. 

We seek stability for the people of Syria,
who are displaced from their homes, millions fleeing to other countries for safety.
Steadfast God, provide safe shelter.

We seek healthy living conditions for all;
while reports of chemical warfare and poor living conditions continue.
Nurturing God, provide access to humanitarian aid.

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December 28, 2016

Eternal Creator,

Bless the lands bearing the enormous burden of Super Typhoon Nockten

And bless the people who love these lands and call them home.

With your help and guidance, may we work to:

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PDF icon Praying with the South Sudan Council of Churches
A prayer of solidarity with the South Sudan Council of Churches
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September 19, 2016
Thanks to your generosity, over $27,000 has been raised for relief and reconstruction efforts in Ecuador.
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March 17, 2017
Your generous gifts support partners’ response the needs of displaced Syrians and Iraqis who have taken refuge in Jordan.
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February 11, 2016

The United Church of Canada cares for refugees because we believe that sharing God’s love is our prime purpose. We believe that justice is the public face of God’s love, and work to share God’s love on a personal, local and global level. 

I see the face of God in refugees’ faces: those claiming protection, resettled, warehoused in urban ghettos or camps the size of small cities. Refugees embody the world’s brokenness. The image of a refugee child sheltering in a cattle’s shed or lifeless on a shore, cuts to the heart of God’s justice. To quell the hurt, I must respond. 

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PDF icon Service of Prayer Following a Natural Disaster
Prayers and worship ideas in response to a natural disaster
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September 28, 2016
Moderator calls on United Church people to respond to the needs of Syrians seeking refuge and assistance.
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October 28, 2016
I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35 The United Church of Canada extends its deepest condolences to those mourning the tragic deaths of Syrian refugees Aylan Kurdi (three years old), his brother Galip (five years old), and their mother, Reham. We pray also for the thousands of others from various countries who have also died or lost relatives as they risked their lives in search of...
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September 28, 2016
The Moderator of The United Church of Canada, is urging your participation in a church-wide appeal for Syrian refugees who are seeking relief from protracted civil war in their country. In her first letter as Moderator to the church’s members, she writes: We are called at this particular time to witness in a concrete way to our Christian faith in response to the needs of millions of desperate...
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September 19, 2016
United Church people have reached a milestone in caring: $1 million donated to the church’s appeal for Syria Relief.
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September 19, 2016
People across Africa are facing extreme drought. A principal cause is one of the most powerful El Nino events in recent history. Almost 24 million people in Africa could need food assistance soon. According to the World Food Programme, about 14 million people in southern African countries including Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, and Swaziland will need food assistance this...

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PDF icon Where is Love? (lyrics)
A song by Joe Ramsay and Peter Woods written for GC41 2012.
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September 28, 2016
Thanks to your faithful and generous support, as of September 2015 the United Church has contributed almost $400,000 to support Mission & Service partners such as ACT Alliance and the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) responding to the crisis in Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon. In addition to providing humanitarian relief, our partners have used the funds to provide 2,200 food parcels for...