The Metropolitan Congregation

- serving and celebrating the LGBT communities of Manchester and the North West

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'The Lord has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice,
and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?'

(Micah 6:8)


'Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”'

(Matthew 25:34-40)


Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Our congregation seeks to make a difference to the lives of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK.

We started this ministry in 2004 when Moses, an asylum-seeker from Uganda, arrived at church and told us his story. The more we heard of his experiences in Uganda, and in the UK since he had arrived here, the more committed we became to finding ways to help Moses and those like him.

Since Moses, others have come to us and we have become involved in their lives: in some cases we have been heavily involved in their campaigns, in other cases we have been less involved but have simply given them the space to be themselves in a safe, supportive and loving environment.

GMIAU logoMany of the asylum seekers that we have worked with have benefited from the excellent services and tireless efforts provided by the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit (GMIAU). Time and again this unit has gone the extra mile for its clients and has succeeded where other advisers and representatives have failed or given up. Our church is proud to say we have worked in partnership with them for many of the people we have supported over the years.

We do this work because it's part of our faith. The cost for Jesus of proclaiming the good news of the coming Kingdom was the cross. That Kingdom that he proclaimed points to the rule of God in our lives and in our hearts, but is also about the rule of God in our world. The Kingdom that is coming is a Kingdom of justice and of peace, where there will be no more poverty, or war, or torture; no more need for people to seek sanctuary, because God's own self will be with us.

Community imageSo, we pray and we work for the coming of the Kingdom in all that we do; and our work with asylum seekers is as much a part of our work for the coming of the Kingdom as are our own personal devotions, our own prayers, our own praise and our own worship in church.

In April 2013 we are started the 'First Wednesday' LGBT Asylum Support & Social Group, funded by some grant money we received for the purpose.  See the First Wednesday website for further information.

In the videos below, three friends share their own perspectives on how our church has helped them to help others. These short films were part of a series we prepared and showed in church during Lent 2012 - in fact, Andy's film was shown on Palm Sunday 2012 as a round-up of the whole series. Not all of the videos shown in church are shown here for reasons of personal safety and confidentiality, but you will still be able to hear some remarkable insights into why we do what we do:

  • You will hear Prossy telling how our congregation gave her the love and acceptance that she needed while pursuing her asylum claim, and how she now works with a voluntary group to give the same hope to others who are presently seeking asylum because of their sexuality.
  • You will hear how Nick helped with the Buddies scheme developed by Manchester ChangeMakers so that asylum seekers can have some degree of freedom in how they spend the tiny amount of money provided to them by the state.
  • You will hear from Andy how the church's work over eight years has saved lives and changed lives in the face of a brutal and often unjust asylum system.

YouTube logoThese videos are also available for viewing at full size on our church's YouTube channel, along with a number of other videos which reflect various aspects of our church life.

You can visit the channel here.

Prossy

Andy

Nick

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