Emily Holden

Emily Holden

Emily Holden is operations director at Welcome Churches, which longs to see every refugee in the UK welcomed by their local church. She has a wealth of experience in supporting churches that are welcoming refugees and knows first-hand the pressure this can bring. Emily is passionate about seeing the UK church at the forefront of welcoming refugees. She has an MA in Conflict, Development and Security, where she specialised in European citizens' responsibilities to refugees.

Are all welcome?

27 September 2019I'm passionate about seeing every church welcoming the stranger and discipling the nations. One really effective way of doing that is through Welcome Boxes. This is where trained volunteers deliver a Welcome Box filled with small gifts and local information to refugees who have recently arrived in the local area. These 'Welcomers' offer friendship and support over the next few months, as refugees settle into their new home, as well as helping people access the services they need and link them…

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Welcoming the 'stranger'

12 June 2019There are 68 million refugees across the globe who are fleeing war, conflict and persecution today. Each one of these people represents a very personal story. Take Abbas, a young man from Iraq. He fled Iraq after ISIS killed every member of his family whilst he was away from his village. His life was in danger and he had lost everything, leading him to flee to the UK. “In May 2015 ISIS came to my village. I didn't see any good things in them. When I was not at home ISIS came to my house and…

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