Interfaith Prayer Vigil at Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre (DIRC)

It will soon be 3 years since we started the monthly inter faith prayer vigils at the barrier to Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre on the first Sunday of each month.

Over the year, the vigils been very well supported with people from many parishes, Christian denominations and people from the Jewish faith gathering there to pray and give silent witness. It is truly inspiring to see how many people faithfully attend to pray for the women detained there, the staff working there and for all those seeking asylum.

The next one will be on Sunday 7 July at 3.00pm – 3.45pm at the barrier to the Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre, Medomsley DH8 6QY.

If you cannot attend in person, perhaps you could join us in prayer from home. There is an online version of the vigil on the Diocesan website which you can find here.

You can download our most recent booklet with the prayers and readings we use here.

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Peace vigil for Palestine and Israel

Since January a small group from different faith backgrounds hold a vigil for peace every Saturday morning from 9.30am until 10.00am outside Hexham Abbey.

Lya Vollering , a member of the Justice and Peace Co-ordainting Council writes:

We stand in silence for peace for Palestine and Israel in particularly, but not exclusively. We stand outside the abbey. We are not shut away inside nor totally away from the abbey either. We are in a doorway space, a sacred and inclusive space. Working for justice and peace requires contemplation and action. Both are important and so we contemplate together for peace. You are very welcome to join us, even if it is just for 5 minutes.