“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me…” – Jesus in Matthew 18:5a
Dozens of children and their families continue to be subjected to the cruel effects of detention on Nauru. Recently there have been repeated incidents of suicide attempts, including children dousing themselves in petrol. Some children have given up eating, and many bang their bodies repeatedly against walls in their distress.
Christians in Australia can not sit by while this situation continues. We would never allow our children to grow up like this, and so we must treat others as we would like us and our children to be treated.
So join us on Friday November 2 as we come together at cathedrals across Australia to pray, to lament, and to witness to a better way for children on Nauru. We come from many different traditions, but on Nov 2 we’ll unite together to remind ourselves, our leaders, and our nation that followers of Jesus will not remain silent about the gross injustices that have been committed again children and their families on Nauru, as well as men on Manus Island.
Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle is hosting a #KidsOffNauru Vigil at midday on Friday, as part of a nationwide call to prayer and action.
Date: Friday 2 November, 2018
Time: 12noon – 1.15pm
Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2140658395954126/
#RefugeeBell – Churches to toll bells for kids on Nauru
At Synod on the weekend, Bishop Peter invited the clergy of the Diocese to Toll their church bells every Friday once for each refugee child still on Nauru.
Faith communities across Australia are encouraged to join the #refugebell campaign to bring #KidsOffNaru.
St Eanswythe’s Anglican Church in Altona, in Melbourne’s west, five weeks ago began tolling a bell every Friday for each of the asylum seeker children effectively detained on Nauru because of the Australian government’s offshore regional processing policy. At the first vigil the bell tolled 95 times.
The Rev’d Andrew Eaton and Dr Ann Taylor put forward a motion, calling for the removal of Asylum Seekers from Nauru and Manus Island.
The motion commends to members of the Diocese of attention and action the Kids Off Nauru Campaign (www.kidsoffnauru.com) and the Dignity not Destruction Campaign.