EMBRACE is an inter-church organisation, which began as a support group for refugees and people seeking asylum. We now see our main role as one of encouraging church communities to make this a more welcoming place for all people from other countries and minority-ethnic backgrounds.
It began informally in 2001 as individuals from different denominations became increasingly concerned about the difficulties facing refugees and people seeking asylum in this country. They wanted to do more than talk and were committed to finding a way of responding in a Gospel manner to the new strangers in our midst. Read more
EMBRACE is a group of Christians who have come together to promote a positive response to minority ethnic people in Northern Ireland. We seek to equip the church to fulfil its call to welcome the stranger, by providing information, training, resource materials and channels for practical help.
EMBRACE seeks to:
- Reflect gospel values of compassion, hospitality and justice
- Raise awareness and provide information, resources and training
- Respond to those in need by acting as a channel for voluntary assistance
- Support people by human rights and welfare advocacy
- Network with relevant agencies and groups
- Make informed responses on issues of public policy
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Matthew 25: 35-36
EMBRACE facilitates others in responding to people who have practical needs. The group does not help people directly but networks with other specialist groups such as the Simon Community, Homeplus, the Welcome Organisation, and the Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS).
We believe that prayer has a positive impact on the lives of others and opens our hearts and minds to the needs of people around us. To help guide our prayers EMBRACE prepares a monthly prayer letter, themed on different aspects of migration and welcome. If you would like to receive the prayer sheet by email each month, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer sheets can be accessed here:
September 2017 Prayer Letter New starts, new conversations, new understanding
Summer 2017 Prayer Letter A unique and inspired response
June 2017 Prayer Letter A time to be silent and a time to speak
May 2017 Prayer Letter The Trauma of Facing Deportation
April 2017 Prayer Letter Peace and Hope in the Risen Christ
March 2017 Prayer Letter The Book of Ruth
February 2017 Prayer Letter Racial justice
January 2017 Prayer Letter Christ, the Light of the World
December 2016 Prayer Letter A home and place of peace for people forced to flee
November 2016 Prayer Letter The uncertainty of the future for migrant people
October 2016 Prayer Letter An encouragement to pray
September 2016 Prayer Letter A Syrian Reflects on the Asylum Process
Summer 2016 Prayer Letter
June 2016 Prayer Letter
May 2016 Prayer Letter
April 2016 Prayer Letter
March 2016 Prayer Letter
February 2016 Prayer Letter
January 2016 Prayer Letter
For prayer letters prior to 2016
Money raised by this fund has been used in a number of ways. Examples include assisting destitute foreign nationals who have needed to return home urgently, and sending on the belongings of people who have been removed to their own country following detention at the end of their asylum cases. Others have been helped off the streets by the payment of a few nights hostel fees where no other funds were available.
See EMBRACE Funding for more information or contact us for further details.
We have a number of criteria which must be met before funds are released. If you would like information on these please contact our office. In every case we do not work directly with individuals but by referral from reputable groups such as homelessness or refugee charities.