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Christ Church Greenwich holds candlelight vigil for Ukraine and prepares food for refugees


GREENWICH – Christ Church Greenwich invites the community to participate in two upcoming events to show support for the people of Ukraine.

“There is no doubt that we have all been horrified by the crisis unfolding in Ukraine,” church leaders said of the deadly Russian invasion.

At 5 p.m. Sunday, the church will host a candlelight vigil for Ukraine.

The vigil will call on the power of prayer to “help us and those we pray for. It is soothing, meditative and hopeful,” the church leaders said.

Residents are struggling to understand what they can do to help families fleeing violence and destruction in Ukraine, church leaders said.

“And a lot of people have a hard time understanding how that can happen. It’s hard to watch as it unfolds,” the executives said in a press release.

“Whenever innocent people suffer around the world, we must come together and channel the resources of the world and encourage people of goodwill everywhere to do what is right,” said Reverend Marek Zabriskie, Rector of Christ Church Greenwich.

Christ Church Greenwich is an Episcopal community.

“We invite you to join us and pray in solidarity with the good people of Ukraine and with the people of Greenwich, our nation and our world. Prayer facilitates the transformation of God’s goodness in the world,” said said Zabriskie.

Christ Church will also hold an Emergency Packathon for Ukrainian Refugees at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26, at its parish hall, 254 E. Putnam Ave.

The church is holding the Emergency Packathon – a group food-packing event – ​​to deliver more than 36,000 meal packages to Ukrainian refugees at the Polish border.

All ages are welcome to help with the volunteer effort, church leaders said. During a two-and-a-half-hour shift, teams of volunteers will assemble four complete nutritious ingredients: a carbohydrate, dehydrated vegetables, a vitamin powder and a bean protein. Volunteers weigh parcels, seal and wrap them for distribution.

It is a simple, organized and cost-effective way to feed children and families who have fled their homes for safety since the invasion and fighting began, church leaders said.

In coordination with the Ukrainian Cultural Center of New Jersey, the meals will be transported to the docks and packed into a container and loaded onto a ship bound for Gdansk, Poland.

BOC International, which has already shipped nine containers of meals to Poland, is providing the transport free of charge.

When the container arrives, the provincial administration of LVIV will take possession and distribute the meals, the statement said.

“People are watching, listening and reading about the atrocities of Russian troops invading Ukraine,” Zabriskie said. “We are witnessing shelling of civilians as they try to leave their country. People are trapped in their towns and villages, and our hearts are deeply saddened. I urge everyone to pray every day for innocent people who are in danger.

“We can also respond in a concrete way by getting supplies to refugees,” he said. “These are important gestures so that together we can help in any way possible.”

Christ Church is soliciting donations to cover the total cost of $12,600 for supplies and food for the Packathon. Donations can be made directly to the Packathon at christchurchgreenwich.org or use Text To Give 73256 and enter Ccgctgive.

For more information or to view a live stream of the vigil, visit christchurchgreenwich.org.