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What can churches do?

Food shortages
Prepare for busy days at the foodbank: along with the Trussell Trust, encourage supermarkets and sponsors to help maintain supplies, eg with additional collections and deliveries.
• Co-operate with other local foodbanks to share supplies, and ensure everyone knows who is open when.
• Consider carefully if additional food distribution points or times are needed. Early days after Brexit may not be the best time to establish new foodbanks, which could compete for resources: extra volunteers or supplies to existing foodbanks are probably better.

Community cohesion
Reach out in friendship to other faith communities and minority ethnic congregations, and encourage positive relationships with other faiths and nationalities.
Talk, preach and teach about the importance of welcome, hospitality and friendship.
Make it clear you are aware of and will not tolerate hate crime. Welsh and English resources are available: https://www.reporthate.victimsupport.org.uk/resources/ (The second poster in the gallery is generic and suitable for all situations, including church notice boards.)

Spiritual and pastoral responses

Be aware of the pressures facing businesses, employees, families with members abroad, and others particularly affected by Brexit and let them know they are being prayed for. Don’t forget to pray for our governments, negotiators, politicians and civil servants they may be in our congregations too!
Look out for advice about wider communications and messages around the time of Brexit, from Cytun and the Welsh Government. This will be aimed at minimising friction and tension in communities.
+Joanna and the Church in Wales’ International Group suggest designating March 29 as a special day of prayer, making churches available and using resources from Cytun and CTBI:
 (This would be a good thing to do even if Brexit is postponed!)