Forced migration is not a new phenomenon. Simply looking at Scripture shows this: over the thousands of years it covers, there are many references to people’s being forced to flee their homes to find safety. Indeed, Jesus and his family were themselves refugees in Egypt.

The Bible also talks about care for those who leave their own homes to enter new communities, especially when those who have entered are in need. It’s part of our Christian calling to love our neighbour, the person we encounter along the way.

So how do we live out this calling in today’s world? How can we respond to people seeking refuge and the questions around forced migration? Use the resources on this page – or contact our Churches Refugee Networking Officer, Joanna Schüder – to find out more about people who are coming to the UK fleeing persecution and armed conflict, what groups locally are doing to support them, and how you can get involved in prayer and action.

Join our network

Around the Thames Valley we’re in touch with about 100 churches, community groups, agencies and other bodies that are working together to support refugees.

Together with partners, we’re holding events online and locally to network these groups – enabling them to share ideas, questions and resources.

Our network is a great way to stay in touch – receiving quarterly newsletters, getting advance notice of events, and having the option to join an email group to share ideas, questions and resources.

Join in! Click the button to let us know you want to join the network.

Latest News and Resources


Our Events Calendar offers further listings relating to refugees, migration, and other topics

Case studies from local groups

Refugee Support Newsletters – News, resources and events

General Resources and Information

  • Some basic facts and figures

    What’s the difference between a refugee and an asylum seeker? How many refugees are there worldwide? How many in the UK? Our Some basic facts and figures – updated July 2023 page sets out some introductory facts and figures.

  • Our latest newsletter

    CCOW’s Churches Refugee Networking Officer puts out a newsletter with information on what’s happening locally and more widely. Read the latest one.

Resources for Prayer and Study

  • CCOW guide to online worship resources: refugees and forced migration

    Would you like to do some Bible study around questions of refugees and forced migration? Hold a service focusing on refugees? Include refugees in your prayers? Here’s a listing of full services, prayers, Bible studies, videos and material for preaching: /ccow-guide-to-online-worship-resources-updated-july-2023/

  • Materials for a prayer service

    With the kind permission of the Reverend Ben Kautzer, we have materials for a prayer service, including prayer stations, a liturgy, reflections, and more.