"It is in the welcome to the poor and the strangers that special attention shoud be paid, because in them Christ is more truly received" Rule of St Benedict, Chapter 53



"Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees fleeing death on account of war and hunger and who are travelling towards a hope of life, the Gospel calls us to be 'neighbours' to the smallest and abandoned and to give them concrete hope." (Pope Francis in his  Message for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees, 17th January 2016



Refugees Welcome - Crawley (RWC) is a community group that is affiliated to Citizens UK and the resettlement boards that have come into being all over the country to offer a community welcome for Syrian refugees. Refugees Welcome - Crawley includes members from Crawley Interfaith Network, Crawley Campaign Against Racism, local mosques, churches and schools. Members are arranged in three groups: Education, Housing and Business and General Welfare. Refugees Welcome - Crawley welcomes new members. If you would like to join please contact

Volunteer Opportunities with RWC:  train to become a befriender or English teacher (contact Anna Pincus at; join a community sewing project (no sewing experience needed) to celebrate Crawley's 70th birthday (contact; make tea or facilitate play for Syrian children whose families are attending English language drop-in classes (contact; aged 16- 25? join a group offering social opportunities such as gardening, art, bowling to young refugees (contact David at

Refugee Gardening Project

Potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, spinach, courgettes and peas have all been grown in a patch in the Worth Parish Office garden and in the garden of one of the Syrian families suppprted by Refugees Welcome - Crawley. Every fortnight in the Parish garden RWC volunteers and Syrian friends, ably led by our gardening expert, Rose, have been hard at work planting and watering, but also ensuring they have time to drink tea, chat and enjoy the peace of the garden.     Gardening-Project-1a
       Getting ready to plant
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Planting potatoes     Celebrating the harvest


On the Move is the Refugees Welcome - Crawley newsletter

RWC Newsletter no. 1

RWC Newsletter no. 2

RWC  Newsletter no. 3

RWC Newsletter no. 5


Stand As One: OXFAM Postcard Protest 


Millions of people have been forced to flee their homes because of violence and conflict. Many families have been torn apart in their search for a safe haven. For those who make it to the UK it is often very difficult to be reunited with their loved ones.

Join the Postcard Protest and write to your MP, urging them to help refugees in the UK be reunited with their families. OXFAM will post it on your behalf.  Click on the image for more details.



Diocesan Appeal

In his Pastoral Letter for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 13th September, 2015, Bishop Richard set out the ways in which the Diocese could help in the Refugee Crisis. Monetary donations have been deposited pending longer-term discussion about how best to utilise them to relieve the pain and frustration of families and individuals. If you would like to make a financial donation please use the Gift Aid Declaration form

Refugee Crisis Newsletter, Spring 2016

Refugee Update February 2016

Refugee Crisis Newsletter Autumn 2016

Refugee Crisis Newsletter Summer 2017


Brighton Voices in Exile (BVIE)


BVIE   In a joint ecumenical initiative the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and the Diocese of Chichester are working together, alongside Brighton Voices in Exile, to respond to the needs of refugees. BVIE is based in St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Church in Brighton. BVIE has nearly ten years' experience of working with refugees and asylum seekers, from various countries, who have settled in Sussex. You can read the full news release on the joint initiative here         
Fr Paul and Mary Jane Buckley (BVIE)            


Syrian-Refugees2a       Crawley Interfaith Network has a regular collection of donations for Syrian refugees which are sent via Human Aid. For a list of items needed click here. The Crawley collection point is: Langley Green Masjid 157, London Road RH10 9TA (entrance is from Martyrs Avenue, through Depot Lane, near Langley Green Hospital). The venue is open all day and donations can he left outside the entrance. Dates of collections will be posted in In Touch and on the website    

In Touch Newsletter


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