19 Jun Welcoming H.K. Families to Bristol Diocese
Rev. Mark Nam hosted a webinar for the Diocese of Bristol last month for anyone hoping to learn how their church might welcome and support families from Hong Kong who are settling in Bristol under the U.K. Government’s special BN(O) Visa scheme. Mark was joined by representatives from the Bristol Chinese Church and the Bristol Chinese Community Wellbeing Society who offered valuable insights and suggestions for practical ways in which churches can welcome and support.
- Introduction – Bristol Chinese Christian Church (15 mins)
- How to help families settle – Jessica, recently settled in Bradley Stoke (8 mins)
- 7 Practical Steps for churches to take – Revd. Mark Nam (6 mins)
- Support & resources – Chinese Community Wellbeing Society (15 min)
Ps. Martin Choi & Ps. Chee Kiat Wai (15 min)
Ps. Martin Choi and Ps. Chee Kiat Wai explain how the BN(O) scheme is impacting Bristol and how the Bristol Chinese Christian Church is welcoming families from Hong Kong. Ps. Wai discusses ways in which local churches in the Diocese of Bristol can partner with Chinese communities and fellowships that are already engaged with families from Hong Kong. If you would like to connect with BCCC please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW TO HELP FAMILIES SETTLE (8 min)
Jessica and her family recently moved to Bristol from Hong Kong. Jessica offers some important insights into her family’s experience that are helpful in informing churches on the type of challenges newly settled families face and how to respond appropriately and sensitivity.
7 PRACTICAL STEPS FOR CHURCHES (5 MIN)
Rev. Mark Nam offers 7 practical steps that churches can begin to take to welcome families moving from Hong Kong to Bristol. Your church can also sign up to be a ‘Hong Kong Ready Church’ on the UKHK.org website to receive the latest news and announcements related to welcoming initiatives nationally.
OFFERING SUPPORT & RESOURCES (15 min)
Representatives from Bristol’s Chinese Community Wellbeing Society explain some of the services they offer the Chinese community in Bristol, including mental health services, helplines, language courses, community gatherings and much more. They offer a key resource for individuals or organisations hoping to support families coming from Hong Kong and are able to offer advice to local churches and communities. To contact them email email@example.com or phone 0117 935 1462