St Michael’s and Refugees

In recent years more than 50 million people have been uprooted from their homes and seek refuge. Less than 1% of these come to Britain, while over 80% of refugees remain in neighbouring countries, with the hope of returning to their homes.

Others take long and difficult journeys escaping the devastation of war, famine, natural and man-made disasters. When people have left their homes, families, and familiar surroundings they are grateful for welcoming hospitality and compassionate concern shown to them in a place of sanctuary.

Britain has provided sanctuary over hundreds of years to refugees from religious persecution, war and oppression.

Here, in Milton Keynes, we have over recent years settled 90 people from the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. St Michael’s parishioners have been generous in their practical support for families who have been resettled, but there is still more to be done and once this current pandemic is under control, we can open up a discussion as to a future role for St Michael’s and Woburn Sands.


Who welcomes the stranger shall welcome the Lord

In June each year St Michael’s celebrates Refugee or Sanctuary Sunday, at the end of International Refugee Week in June. Refugee Week is an annual festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. In 2020 our theme was “Imagine” – many of us have been imagining a different kind of world once this pandemic is over.

A prayer

Lord, you said whoever welcomes a stranger shall welcome the Lord into their homes and heart. Help us to invite a stranger into our homes, so they will be a stranger no more as we welcome you into our hearts.

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30 Church Rd, Woburn Sands,
Milton Keynes
MK17 8TA, UK

St. Michael's Church

Church Rd, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes MK17 8TA, United Kingdom


9:00 am Morning Prayer @ St Michael's Church
Morning Prayer @ St Michael's Church
Sep 17 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Morning Prayer will now be in church on Fridays at 9.00 am starting on Friday 9 April
9:00 am Churchyard Working Party – Satur... @ St Michael's Church
Churchyard Working Party – Satur... @ St Michael's Church
Sep 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Yes, It’s that time again! A churchyard working party will take place Saturday morning the 18th September 2021. Please bring your own hand tools – we have available a number of strimmers and wheel barrows.[...]
9:45 am Parish Communion @ St Michael's Church
Parish Communion @ St Michael's Church
Sep 19 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am
9.45 am Sunday Morning Services have now started again in St Michael’s. Our online services will also continue for the foreseeable future.
7:30 pm Genesis
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Following ‘Government Guide Lines’ we can now meet Face to Face Meetings will be outside as much as possible , but masks will be needed when we are indoors


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