● The number of users of Facebook passed 1 billion in 2015. What has friendship become in the age of facebook? Consider the ideas shared in Rory Varrato’s TEDx talk. Contact a friend today who you haven’t been in touch with for a while.
● Find out how churches in your area are befriending those who are new to your community including those seeking refuge. Find inspiration and guidance from the organisations on our Churches respond to the refugee crisis page.
● Take time to care for yourself today.
● Send an appropriate care package to the refugee camps at a European crossing point such as Calais.
● Organise to watch the Age of Loneliness documentary (sometimes available via iPlayer) with a small group and discuss how to address the problem of loneliness in your church and wider community.
● Watch this clip to view how Damascus has been devastated by conflict.
● Pray for the Damascus Road conversion required for peace to be realised. Prayers are available from Christian Aid.
● Take action on behalf of those escaping conflict and seeking a safe place to call home.
● Look through an old photo album and reflect on those places and people who have shaped and taught you.
● Plan with your local congregations to go on a pilgrimage walk around your churches or visit a local heritage site or place of historical interest. Notice the stories of your shared history.
● Spend time connecting with creation today, for example, by watching a nature documentary, visiting a local park or going for a walk in a woodland.
● Connect with those new to your community by inviting their involvement in any local environmental projects. e.g. community gardens, allotments, recycling, tree planting.
● Read about the work of reconciliation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
● Explore the different ways people can be discriminated against.
● Ask someone for something you need today.
● View the Radi-Aid Awards (formerly the Rusty Radiator Awards) and seek to challenge stereotypes about who the needy are.
● Give those who are new to your community an opportunity to contribute – for example ask them to share in the cooking of a community meal.
● Watch the short film Tree of Life – an example of what was meant for destruction bringing restoration.
● Seek out stories, songs, poems or pictures from those seeking refuge in your community or country that describe their hopes for the future.
● Give thanks for the work of ACT Alliance, 140 churches and faith-based organisations working together in over 100 countries to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalised people.