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Iraq crisis church resources

Your church can make a real difference to people affected by the Iraq crisis. Hold a collection or download worship resources below to use in a service.

Hold a church collection

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Please call 0870 078 7788 or email orders@christian-aid.org by 12 noon on the Thursday of the week you will hold the collection, to ensure the envelopes arrive in time.

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Receive envelopes so your church can hold a collection the same week an emergency appeal launches.

Worship resources

For use in your church or individually


Prayer points

  • Pray for the protection of all people, including persecuted religious minorities such as the Yazidis and Christians – hundreds of thousands of whom have fled in fear of their lives.
  • Pray for Christian Aid’s long-term partners in Iraq, who are providing vital support to refugees from Syria, as well as displaced communities within Iraq.
  • Pray for a generous response to this crisis appeal so that the needs of our partners can be met as they continue to support displaced communities affected by the violence.

Prayers

Crying God,
we join our voices with those from around the globe, 
crying out for the plight of the persecuted minorities in Iraq.
We join our hearts with those displaced from their homes, yet again, 
crying out for the fear, the terror and the madness to end.
We join our hope with those who wait for rescue on the Shangal Mountains, 
crying out for food, for water and for the kingdom of heaven to break into this hell.
We join our faith with the faith of all who pray,
crying out for the slaughter of innocence to end.
We join our tears with yours, 
crying out for us all to know and live by the things that make for peace.
So help us, God.
Amen.


A prayer for Iraq

Based on Psalm 46

God of refuge and strength, 
we pray for those who are terrified, living in fear in Iraq. 
May you be a very present help in their trouble. 
Very present through the touch of Christian Aid partners on the ground. 
Very present through the response of the international community. 
Very present through the support of those who watch prayerfully on. 
May those who are left with nothing 
know that they are not forgotten. 
May they once again be able to fear less.

God of refuge and strength, 
we pray for all those escaping fighting, seeking safety in northern Iraq. 
Those half a million people who are now on the move and 
those 220,000 Syrian refugees already there. 
May you be a very present help in their trouble. 
Help through the provision of resources so needs are met. 
Help through food, water, hygiene and sanitation kits. 
Help so this ‘crisis on top of a crisis’ would not reach breaking point. 
May those who are left with nothing 
know that they are not forgotten. 
May they once again be able to fear less.

God of refuge and strength, 
Who makes wars cease to the end of the earth; 
We pray that the bows of this conflict would be broken. 
That the spears of retaliation and rage would be shattered. 
That the uproar of nations would be quietened, 
and that the illusion of earthly kingdoms totter. 
Would that mean we would all be still and know that you are God. 
Without whom we are left with nothing, 
with whom none of us are forgotten. 
May we all find refuge and strength in you to fear less.
Amen.