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Privacy Policy Published July 2020FHL's Privacy Policy- published July 2020    Friends of the Holy Land (FHL) values its many supporters and wishes to assure them that any personal data they have supplied to FHL is...

Our WorkOur Work Our WorkFHL fund a mixture of sustainable and immediate relief work the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan and focuses on the areas of: To see a list of all of our projects, please click...

Parish GroupsParish Groups Parishes Many of our supporters are organised though parish groups in Anglican and Catholic parishes across England, Wales and ScotlandMany of our supporters are organised though...

Peter Rand - Vice Chairman and Executive TrusteePeter Rand MBE Trustee,Vice Chairman and Non Executive Trustee  Peter Rand MBE has been involved as FHL Trustee, Vice Chairman and Non Executive Trustee since autumn 2009, when the charity...

PilgrimagePilgrimage Why go on Pilgrimage to the Holy Land?Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a meaningful journey to the place where Christianity began. Pilgrims don't merely visit a place as tourists, a...

Planning your Pilgrimage Planning your Pilgrimage Pilgrimage support from FHL Whilst FHL do not run pilgrimages, we are able to provide advice about planning a pilgrimage. We can direct pilgrimage organisers to Christian...

PrayerPrayer Inspiring Prayer   Praying for our Christian family in the Holy Land is central to our work, in support to our Christian Brothers and Sisters in the West Bank Bank, Gaza, Israel...

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Recipes from St Martha's House St Martha's House - Keeping up tradition Enjoy recipes shared by our Brothers and Sisters in the Holy LandEven during these difficult times the Ladies at St Martha's House in Bethlehem have...

Reflections on a West Bank runFrom Jerusalem to Bethlehem   Reflections on a West Bank run Participating in the Palestinian marathon (held Friday 23rd March 2018) was something of a send-off for David Longe and his...

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Revd. Lynn BoyleRevd Lynn Boyle FHL Coordinator for Chester Diocese   Revd. Lynn Boyle is vicar of St Paul’s Parish, Compstall, Stockport and FHL coordinator for the Chester Diocese. Since 2004, she has...

Our HistoryOur History Inspired by PilgrimageIn 2007 a group of pilgrims, led by our founder Michael Whelan, were so moved by the plight of Holy Land Christians they wanted to make an immediate improvement...

SchoolsSchools Our ObjectivesThe Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem has 17 schools in the Holy Land. The Latin Patriarchate has 45 schools. Together they offer education to approximately 28,000 pupils of whom...

Support UsBecome a Supporter Get InvolvedWe value all our Supporters and would love you to be more involved. Find out how you can volunteer, become an advocate and speak for us, join our Prayer Bank, or...

Supporter ResourcesSupporter Resources  Resources to download We have a number of communication tools to share with supporters, whether you would just like to know more about us or to share with others:FHL...

Terms and ConditionsTerms and ConditionsThis Website is operated by the Friends of the Holy Land (FHL). These terms govern your use of this website including your use of any materials, information and services which...

The Struggles of a Christian Family Living in the Gaza Strip Struggles in Gaza The Struggles of a Christian Family Living  in the Gaza Strip This is the personal testimony of George Anton, a Christian father of three,living in the Gaza...

The TeamThe Team at FHL The Team at FHLFHL has a UK based Management Committee reporting to a Board of Trustees. The Management Committee meets regularly to guide our work in the Holy Land, review...

The Vital Need to Support Christian Youth in GazaChristian Youth  The Vital Need to Support Christian Youth in GazaCopy supplied by Ramy Tarazi  beneficiary of FHL’s Gaza Youth Employment Programme.  No one can deny that the...

Virtual PilgrimageA virtual Pilgrimage A video tour of the Holy Sites Our Friends at the Christian Media Centre have put together a series of videos taking you on the journey of a pilgrimageVideo - Judean...

VolunteerVolunteer with us We would love you to join our team of volunteers, whether you can commit a regular amount of time or occasional help. We know people lead busy lives but just a little bit of your...

What We DoWhat we do How We WorkFHL fund a mixture of sustainable and immediate relief work in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan. Many international agencies are active in the Holy Land supporting...

Our PatronsOur Patrons Patrons We are delighted to have the support of Catholic and Anglican Bishops. They enthusiastically express their commitment to the work of the Friends of the Holy Land. Here are...

NewslettersNewsletters Please use the links below to view our newsletters. 2020Issue 22 Newsletter 2019January Update 2019February Update 2019March Update 2019April Update 2019May Update 2019Issue...

10th Anniversary10th AnniversaryNovember  2019 Celebrating our 10th Anniversary 2009-2019Friends of the Holy Land was formed in 2009 to offer direct help to Christians most in need in the Holy Land. 10 years...

Donate moneyDonate Support a Christian Student In this crisis we need to sustain the education of the students we support as schools reopen following lockdown and the summer break. Furthermore, by supporting...

10th Anniversary CoventryCoventrySaturday 16th November  2019 Celebrating our 10th Anniversary in CoventryFriends of the Holy Land marked our 10th anniversary with a moving and inspirational service at Coventry...

10th Anniversary GlasgowGlasgowFriday 15th November  2019 Celebrating our 10th Anniversary in GlasgowFriends of the Holy Land marked our 10th Anniversary with an ecumenical service at The Metropolitan Cathedral...

10th Anniversary TempleTemple ChurchThursday 14th November  2019 Celebrating our 10th Anniversary in Temple Church, LondonFriends of the Holy Land marked our 10th anniversary with a moving and inspirational...

10thAnniversary10th AnniversaryNovember  2019 Reserve your free place to celebrate our 10th Anniversary 2009-2019Friends of the Holy Land was formed in 2009 to offer direct help to Christians most in need...

A Jerusalem MinistryA Jerusalem Ministry   David Longe, Chaplain in the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem Running the Bethlehem marathon on Friday 23rd March is something of a send-off for David and his family....

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Be an AdvocateSpeak on behalf of Christians in the Holy Land Can you speak on behalf of your bothers and sisters in the Holy Land? Are you rooted in your local Christian community? Do you have contacts with...

Chairmans Message and Trustee' Annual ReportsChairmans Message and Trustees' Annual Reports Jim Quinn, Chairman of Friends of the Holy Land Welcome to the Friends of the Holy Land - a charitable organisation established in the UK in 2009 to...

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Family Support for Iraqi RefugeesSupport for Iraqi Refugees  What’s the situation?The Middle East is a rapidly changing and turbulent part of the world. Many Christian families flee their homes due to conflict or religious...

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FHL at ChristmasFHL at Christmas  FHL Christmas Cards  This year we have already sold out of three of our cards due to very high demand. We still have the three designs shown below, priced at £3.25....

FundraiseFundraise for us Your fundraising helps us to help more Christians in the Holy Land. Here are some of the ways you can raise funds for us: Give in Celebration When you’re celebrating an...

Gaza Employment ProjectGaza Employment Project The situationFHL has an active programme of support for the tiny Christian community living in Gaza. No bigger than the Isle of Wight and home to almost 2 million people,...

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Holy Land SituationThe Situation in the Holy Land DONATE NOW The situation in the Holy Land remains very difficult with ongoing coronavirus infections resulting in intermittent lockdowns being reinstated. Israel has...

Home Our Purpose Our purpose is to secure a resilient and enduring community in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan - the part of the world that Christians call the Holy Land Our Objectives To...

Husam WahhabHusam Wahhab Member of FHL's Holy Land Committee  For the last seven years, Husam Wahhab has been a volunteer member of FHL’s Bethlehem based committee whilst working as a lecturer and...

Jordan Dress Making ProjectJordan Dress Making   The situationThe Middle East is a rapidly changing and turbulent part of the world. Many Christian families flee their homes due to conflict or religious...

LegacyLeave a Legacy Leaving a gift in your Will is a simple way to help us in the future without worrying about your finances now. You have the power to help us making lasting change in the lives...

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Who we areWho we are Our Purpose Friends of the Holy Land, is a non-political Christian Charity supporting the Christian population of the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan, supporting them to develop a...

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St. Martha's HouseSince its foundation in 2009 FHL has supported St. Martha’s House, the first day care centre for elderly ladies in Bethlehem. It opens 4 days a week to provide a social environment for...

School of JoySince 2011 FHL have supported the School of Joy in Beit Sahour, a Special Needs School run by Fr. Abusada. Thanks to the generosity of FHL donors, the School has added an additional class of...

House RefurbishmentsFHL is facilitating house refurbishments for the most needy Christians. House refurbishments cover a variety of projects, from eradicating damp to adapting a house for mobility needs....

Family SupportThere are many individuals and families who are unable to find the money to buy the essentials of life. These are brought to our attention by local clergy and the FHL Local Committee. They...

St. Luke’s Hospital NablusSt. Luke’s is under the management of the Anglican Diocese in Jerusalem. Thanks to generous donations from ‘Friends’, FHL is able to support those Christians who cannot afford to pay...

School and University FeesFHL supports education in the Holy Land as a vital way to ensure the future of Christian communities, funding students at schools and universities, when this is beyond the resources of their...

Seed Corn Funding‘Seed corn’ funding for new businesses to provide employment opportunities, in particular youth employment.‘Seed corn’ funding is available for:• Olive wood production• Manufacture of...

Ely Diocese Water ProjectBishop Stephen Conway writes: ‘I support a Pentecost appeal for Friends of the Holy Land to support Christians in the West Bank by helping to provide them with safe, clean drinking water.Water...

HealthFHL funds medicines, operations and hospital visits for a wide variety of cases. Sometimes medicines alone can cost 25% of someone’s salary and people have to travel to Jordan for major...

Repairing HomesIn recent months work has included rebuilding bathrooms and kitchens, making roofs watertight, restoring plumbing, repairing electrics and redecorating. A few thousand dollars can go a long way to...

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Event: Jerusalem: From Past Divisions to a Shared Future?Our friends at the Balfour Project are hosting an event in a few weeks which we thought might be of interest to many of our supporters. Jerusalem: From Past Divisions to a Shared Future? Tuesday...

Report from Gaza CityFHL works closely with Fr Mario, the Parish Priest of the Holy Family Parish in Gaza City. Fr Mario was instrumental in setting up FHL’s employment project to support young Christians living on...

Pancake Lunch at Olton Friary, Tues Feb 13th, 11am-2pm, £2 donationWe are delighted to share news of a seasonal fundraising event organised by the Solihull FHL group, which includes parishioners from the parishes of St Augustine’s, Our Lady of the Wayside and...

FHL and new rules to safeguard donors’ personal data Supporters may be aware of new data protection laws coming into effect from May 25th. These rules are known as ‘GDPR’ - General Data Protection Regulations. GDPR reaffirms existing data...

Testimony from GazaRegular readers will know that supporting the tiny Christian population of Gaza is a key FHL objective. We do this through two significant projects based in Gaza – supporting Christian...

Aspirations for 2018As we welcome in the New Year Maria McCaffery, FHL's new Chief Executive, shares with us her aspirations for FHL over the next 12 months.  “Our key objectives are as relevant today as they...

Fundraising on 2 wheels updateEnergetic supporters from the diocese of Leeds, Paul Sullivan and Nigel Cawthorne, have raised an impressive £2000 on a sponsored cycle ride around the Sea of Galilee, to be split between FHL and...

Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre closes in protestChristian leaders in Jerusalem recently closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for four days in protest over a new tax policy and proposed property law. The decision, to close what is considered...

Message from St Martha's HouseIt’s always good to hear news from our friends at St Martha’s House. In her most recent newsletter Laila Asfoura, President of St Martha’s House, has this message for FHL supporters. Friends...

Marathon running in BethlehemFHL are delighted to share news that David Longe, Chaplain in the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem, will take part in the Palestinian Marathon. On Friday 23rd March David will join thousands of...

FHL in ScotlandFor some years FHL have enjoyed support from the Scottish Diocese of Galloway and FHL’s Diocesan Coordinator Fr. David Borland in the Parish of Ayr. Recently, the Bishop of Galloway, the Rt....

Peter Rand receives Papal recognition FHL is delighted to report that Peter Rand (FHL Trustee and Vice Chairman) has been appointed a Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great (KSG), one of the highest and most prestigious...

Palestine marathon updateWe are pleased to announce that David Longe, Chaplain in the Diocese of Jerusalem, and his brother Will, successfully completed their runs in the Palestine marathon and 10k race. Even more...

Fr Mamdouh in HounslowIn early March, Fr. Mamdouh AbuSada, Director of the School of Joy, spent two weeks visiting the UK. The School of Joy, in Beit Sahour, is dedicated to helping young people aged 6-23 who have...

Staying in touchWould you like to continue to receive news and notifications from FHL?If so, we need you to confirm that - its simple and quick to do. Please read on to find out what action you need to...

Extending support in JordanIn February, we shared news of Peter Rand’s visit to Amman in Jordan, and our intention to extend assistance to Christians in the region. The good news is funds have been allocated to support...

Pilgrims Share Joyful Day at St Martha's HouseFHL were delighted to hear of two Diocesan Pilgrimages visiting St Martha’s House in Beit Sahour recently. We have been proud to support this day care centre for elderly Christian women in...

Fundraising in the Diocese of ShropshireGrateful thanks go to the FHL Wallasey Group, who recently sent the Kenilworth office a cheque for £1,500. This impressive figure was the result of a number of fundraising events including a Good...

Invitation to a Midsummer Garden Party, Kensington, Fri June 22nd 7pmKensington Friends of the Holy Land Group invite you to a Midsummer Garden Party on the forecourt of Our Lady of Victories Church, Kensington High Street, London W8 - to be held on Friday, 22nd...

FHL Patron Applauds our WorkWe were delighted to catch up with FHL patron the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, the Archbishop of Liverpool, at his home in the city recently. We discussed tensions in the Middle East and...

Thank you from the Bethlehem OfficeOn his recent visit to the West Bank Peter spent time with Nancy Wahhab and Reem Aburdeneh who staff FHL’s office in Beit Jala, close to Bethlehem. Nancy and Reem are responsible for gathering...

Message from our CEOExcept for a few years at the start of my career I have spent almost all my working life in the not-for-profit sector so I’m used to the perennial struggle to make ends meet and, modesty aside,...

A Partnership of HopeA key FHL partner in the Holy Land is the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem. Through our close working relationship with Archbishop Suheil, and his colleagues at St George’s, we are able to identify...

The Joy of PilgrimageSandra Brinkley, FHL’s Ambassador in the Hallam Diocese, shares a wonderful pilgrimage report including the many benefits of connecting with the ‘Living Stones’ of the Holy...

Reaching out to Trusts and FoundationsFHL’s new ‘Trusts and Foundations’ Manager, Mick Boyle, has been in post for almost 6 months, working two days a week from his home near Stockport. Mick has excellent credentials having...

Peter Rand Receives Papal KnighthoodKenilworth charity trustee, Peter Rand MBE, was invested as a Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great at St Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Kenilworth on Saturday June 2nd. The award is one...

Summer Fundraising AchievementsThe summer fundraising season is upon us and supporters are making excellent use of the recent lovely weather. Transforming the outside of their church into a summer idyll FHL’s Kensington group...

FHL at Lambeth PalaceOver 60 Anglican and Roman Catholic representatives, from 25 dioceses, gathered at Lambeth Palace in June for FHL’s third National Conference. The event clearly demonstrated FHL’s success in...

Silver Jubilee Concert in JerseyFHL RC Portsmouth Diocesan Coordinator, Iain MacFirbhisigh, has shared news of a fundraising concert for FHL to be held at St Mary and St Peter’s Church, St Helier, Jersey on the evening of 23...

Fundraising at the Great Scottish RunFHL supporter Allan McNeil, from the parish of Ayr, is planning some energetic fundraising. In Glasgow, on Sunday 30th September, Allan will take part in the ‘Great Scottish Run’ raising...

Beit Jala House RefurbishmentIn February last year we reported on a refurbishment project to improve the living conditions of a Christian family in Beit Jala. Our Bethlehem committee identified the Saliba Bader family as...

Special Appeal to Support Iraqi Christian RefugeesWe recently shared our hope to support an additional 128 Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan, including 51 children, currently residing in Ashrafieh Anglican parish in Amman. In January, whilst...

Remembering the Living Stones at ChristmasRemembering the ‘Living Stones’ at Christmas FHL Carol Service, Litchfield Cathedral, Friday 7th Dec 7.30pm Friends of the Holy Land invite Christians from across the region to join them for a...

Supporting Iraqi Christian Refugees in Jordan Since 2016, FHL have shown solidarity with Iraqi Christian refugees forced to flee their homes because of their faith. Through the direct help of Fr Mario Cornioli we support around 100 Christian...

'Gaza – 2 million living in a cage’FHL Vice-Chairman Peter Rand has just returned from Gaza. Whilst there he witnessed FHL projects supporting Gaza’s tiny and beleaguered Christian community. Covering an area the size of the Isle...

House Refurbishment in Beit JalaFHL is pleased to share news of a house redevelopment project for a Christian family living in Beit Jala. Situated six miles south of Jerusalem the West Bank town of Beit Jala lies within the...

Friends of the Holy Land Urged To Engage In Hope Filled ActionOver 60 Anglican and Roman Catholic representatives gathered at Lambeth Palace last week for FHL’s second national Diocesan Coordinators conference. With 25 Catholic and Anglican dioceses...

Kingdom Season Awareness Raising in ElyThe Kenilworth office has seen a steady stream of donations from the Cambridge area in the last few weeks, evidence of awareness raising in the Diocese of Ely during ‘Kingdom Season’. Not...

New Director of DevelopmentMaria McCaffery MBE - New Director of Development  Peter Rand, FHL Vice Chairman and Executive Trustee writes: “I am very pleased to welcome Maria McCaffery as FHL's Director of...

Archbishop meets FHL Team in BethlehemArchbishop of Canterbury Meets FHL Team in Bethlehem  FHL played host to the Archbishop of Canterbury today as he met with our team in Bethlehem. The Archbishop, who is one of FHL’s...

Could You Speak for FHL?Could you speak for FHL?Enjoy public speaking? Want to support Christians living in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan? Volunteers are needed to speak at events across the country. Such...

Kensington Garden Party June 30th 7pm  Kensington Friends of the Holy Land Group invite you to a Midsummer Garden Party on the forecourt of Our Lady of Victories Church, Kensington High Street, London W8 - to be held Friday June...

National Gathering 2017 Report"We must not  be blind to the 'Living Stones 'of the Holy Land" Over 90 people attended our National Gathering in Kenilworth, held Sat 30 Oct at St Francis of Assisi Parish Centre. The ‘Day...

Friends of Bethlehem UniversityNew venture with Friends of Bethlehem University FHL Chairman Jim Quinn reports on a new venture for FHL. Bethlehem University and Friends of Bethlehem University (“FOBU”)FOBU was formed at...

2017 FHL Carol ServiceFHL Christmas Carol Service Friday 15th Dec 7.30pm Lichfield Cathedral What better time to remember Christians living in the Holy Land than Christmas - when hearts and minds turn naturally to...

FHL Chairman in the Holy LandJim Quinn - Visit to the Holy Land – Sat 5 – Thurs 9 Nov 2017 FHL Chairman Jim Quinn has just returned from a busy five day trip to the Holy Land, staying in Bethlehem and meeting with...

Christmas Appeal For FundsThis Christmas can you help us give hope to the most vulnerable Christians living in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan?Each year FHL distributes around £96,000 of medical grants in the Holy...

Christmas CardsChristmas cards - available to order now Good news! – FHL’s 2017 Christmas Cards available now. Costing £3.75 for a pack of 10 every purchase directly supports Christians living in the Holy...

Day of Action Raises £10kIn October we reported on FHL’s National Gathering held at St Francis in Kenilworth. The culmination of this ‘Day of Action’ included renewed commitments by both supporters and the...

University Scholarships in GazaStatistics used to describe life in Gaza are shocking; the majority of the population are reliant on international food aid and prospects for young people are bleak, with over 65% unemployed....

Welcome to FHL's first Chief Executive"On behalf of the Trustees, I warmly welcome Maria McCaffery OBE as the first Chief Executive of Friends of the Holy Land. This is an important step as part of our Strategic Plan to grow the...

The Wonderful Warmth of Ecumenical PilgrimageThe ‘wonderful warmth’ of ecumenical pilgrimage   Hot on the heels of the successful RC Birmingham and CofE Worcester Dioceses ecumenical pilgrimage to the Holy Land last year, FHL...

The Triple Benefit of Diocesan AppealsLent, Harvest and Advent Appeals in Church of England Dioceses for Friends of the Holy Land are proving very beneficial to the most vulnerable Christians in the Holy Land, the Episcopal Diocese of...

Providing Employment in NazarethThe challenges for Christians are very different in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan. For those living in Israel employment discrimination is a major challenge, with unemployment causing...

Support FHL as you shop on line Shopping on line using EasyFundraising is a simple way to donate to FHL. So far FHL have received £812 from 51 supporters. Please  consider if this is something you could sign up...

Crib CollectionsBishops in Eight Dioceses Recommend FHL to receive Crib Offerings FHL are delighted to announce that Bishops in eight dioceses have recommended Friends of the Holy Land to be beneficiaries of...

Lichfield Carol ServiceTwo hundred Christians, from differing traditions, came together at ‘The Friends of the Holy Land’ carol service held at the Lichfield Cathedral on Friday 15th December. Standing shoulder to...

Supporting the Health of West Bank ChristiansEach year FHL distributes around £96,000 of medical grants in the Holy Land. As well as supporting Christian patients visiting St. Luke’s Hospital in Nablus and the Medical Centre at Ramallah,...

Archbishop Pizzaballa Christmas Letter to FHL Christmas message from Archbishop Pizzaballa Archbishop Pizzaballa writes to FHL The office in Kenilworth hears regularly from friends and colleagues living in the West Bank and Jerusalem....

Advent Message from the Episcopal Diocese of JerusalemAdvent Message - from the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem  FHL supports the Christian population of the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan by working in partnership with organisations such as...

Christmas Message from the Pontifical Mission in JerusalemJerusalem's Pontifical Mission - a  Christmas Message to FHL Greetings from Jerusalem - the city of peace and coexistence ... There is no doubt that recent actions by US President Trump are a...

New Trusts and Foundations ManagerFHL welcomes Mick Boyle as 'Trusts and Foundations Manager'  FHL is delighted to welcome Mick Boyle as our new ‘Trusts and Foundations Manager’. From Jan 2 Mick will work two days a week...

Robert sells Candles for School of JoyRobert Foskett, aged 11 and studying at The King’s School in Worcester, has raised a hugely impressive £830 for the School of Joy by selling candles.  In March last year Robert heard Fr...

National Gathering 2018Over 100 FHL supporters attended our National Gathering  at the Parish Centre of St Francis of Assisi Church in Kenilworth last month.  Our keynote speaker was Sami El-Yousef, who is...

In memory of Alison RandMany of you will have known Alison, a long-time supporter of Friends of the Holy Land and wife of our Vice-Chairman, Peter Rand. What you may not have known was she was an enthusiastic gardener,...

St Martha’s House adds to the Holy Fire celebrations in 2020St Martha’s House adds to the Holy Fire celebrations in 2020Our Team in Bethlehem are working with the Greek Orthodox Community to help them celebrate the “Holy Fire” this year despite the...

Fashion Show fundraiser a success in Wyre ForestFHL's Wyre Forest group have run another successful fundraiser.  In September the group hosted a fashion show in partnership with M&Co in Stourport-on-Severn in Worcestershire.With more...

Friends of the Holy Land Tenth AnniversaryNearly 200 people joined Archbishop Suheil Dawani, the Episcopal Archbishop in Jerusalem, and John Wilson, the Archbishop of Southwark, at Temple Church in London to mark 10 years of Friends of...

Another Family Support success storyFollowing the death of her husband Rima struggled to support her 3 children.  With no income and the children struggling emotionally they began receiving Family support.  When she...

Thirsk & Northallerton Circuit Methodist Church We are very pleased to have been chosen by the Thirsk & Northallerton Circuit Methodist Church as recipients of their 2019/2020 Mission Project in aid of the School of Joy. Fundraising...

Christmas at St Lukes Hospital, NablusSt Luke’s is a small Hospital run by the episcopal diocese of Jerusalem.  Each year the Hospital welcomes Archbishop Dawani, to celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree, have a...

Fundraising success from our friends in Ayr DioceseOur Friends in Ayr Diocese have been successfully fundraising for FHL for many years and have gotten 2020 off to a flying start.Their first fundraising success came with the support of Father...

Water Tank project successWe have been working on a joint project to provide water to needy Christian families in Bethlehem, along with our partners at Pro Terra Sancta.Pro Terra Sancta work with Christian trades people to...

A fond farewellAfter much soul searching and New Year’s Resolutions, I have decided to give up my role of office manager for Friends of the Holy Land.I started as a volunteer at the end of 2011 before becoming...

A first hand account of our projectsEyewitnesses in BethlehemWe know the Friends of the Holy Land does good work, but there’s nothing like seeing its team in action.I and my wife Maria had that privilege in February when we...

Coronavirus outbreak Bethlehem - an appealDonate to our appeal hereImmediate concerns caused by the Coronavirus crisis:West Bank and GazaAlthough the current number of detected cases remains relatively low, the capacity of the Palestinian...

Coronavirus outbreak Bethlehem - an updateThe Palestinian Authority declared a state of emergency last Thursday and put Bethlehem in Lockdown as cases of Coronvirus were detected. This means the Church of the Nativity and other places of...

Pentecost appeal launchedFHL launch Pentecost Challenge!OUR £100K PENTECOST CHALLENGE FOR THE HOLY LAND.MATCH FUNDED TO DOUBLE YOUR DONATIONAs the COVID-19 crisis deepens in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan we have...

Cardinal’s COVID-19 Easter Appeal for the Holy LandCARDINAL Vincent Nichols is leading an Easter appeal for prayers and solidarity for the people of the Holy Land amid growing concerns about the impact of the coronavirus – especially on those...

St George's DaySt George a Patron Saint whose help we all especially need today.St George was a soldier of the Roman army who was tortured and beheaded for his Christian faith on 23rd April 303 AD. What...

Wyre Forest afternoon tea a great successOn Sunday, July 21st, the Wyre Forest Group of Friends of the Holy Land hosted a traditional English Afternoon Tea in the Priest’s Garden at St Mary’s, Harvington, with the kind permission of...

Derek Austin proves the old proverb “Charity begins at home” has new meaning in COVID times.Following the AGM of our Worcestershire and Dudley branch of FHL Derek Austin undertook to walk 50 miles round his garden before Pentecost.Just before lockdown Derek had a full knee replacement...

Thank you for all your supportTHANK YOU to all of our supporters for their generosity which has meant we can declare that we have met our match funded goal for Pentecost Challenge in good time. Thank you for your help in...

Lichfield group sponsored walk successChristine the Secretary of our Lichfield group has been doing a sponsored walk throughout April and May.She has walked more than 120 miles which is a remarkable total given the current...

News from the Episcopal Diocese of JerusalemA Statement from the Office of the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, Bishop Suheil Dawani, regarding the Consecration Service of the Very Reverend Hosam Naoum14 June 2020By the grace of God;...

Pentecost Challenge raises £110,000 to meet match funding goal.Friends of the Holy Land are pleased to report that their Pentecost Challenge has been a huge success as the most generous supporters of Friends of the Holy Land have donated a remarkable amount...

Strawberry Tea fundraiser A great successThe FHL group in Solihull lead by Steve and Jenny Roper have found an innovative way to hold their regular Strawberry Tea fundraiser during the Coronavirus outbreak.A they couldn’t get together...

Politics is not our business, people's wellbeing areI wanted to share with you an excerpt from an article by one of the agencies we work with in the Holy Land the Pontifical Mission in Jerusalem written by Joseph Hazboun Regional Director for...

Water tanks a lifelineA lack of water is one of the major daily problems faced by our Brothers and Sisters in the West Bank. This is caused by the inefficiency of the distribution system and the management of the...

School of Joy Graduate grows up to lead a successful and full life!Whilst at the School of Joy, George learned to be a skilled olive wood carver and on his graduation managed to establish himself as a skilled workman in a factory in Bethlehem which provides...

FHL's first virtual event a successFriends of the Holy Land are pleased to report that their first ever virtual event was a great success.  FHL’s supporters from across the country gathered online to hear from father Mamdouh...

How Holy Land Schools are handling the crisisSupporting a Christian education for vulnerable families is a core part of our work and we pay towards the fees of around 200 students at Christian Schools across the Holy Land.   During...

Damage, Destruction and DevastationAs restrictions are slowly eased in the UK, our children head back to school and many return to a social distanced workplace, it is clear that life is NOT returning to normal at the same pace for...

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, 14 – 21 September – Prayer, Advocacy, Education.World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, 14 – 21 September – Prayer, Advocacy, Education.   During the third week of September each year, The World Council of Churches encourages us...

FHL have been helping to launch Christian Micro Businesses in GazaFriends of the Holy Land have been working with the Pontifical Mission in the Holy Land, to support a number of young Christians in launching micro businesses in Gaza.Gaza has one of the highest...

Join our guests to mark our 10th anniversaryWe now enjoy broad engagement on a proudly ecumenical basis across the UK with all Christian Communities and are grateful for the enthusiastic support of our Patrons, Leaders of these communities:...

Papal Nuncio Lunch 2018His Excellency, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, hosted a lunch on Saturday 29th September to further the work of ‘The Friends of The Holy Land’. This...

Peter Rand looks forward to 2019Click here to support FHL's work in 2019 2019 will be a milestone year for FHL – in November our charity will be 10 years old. Who would have believed that the actions of a small but dedicated...

Card Collection BoxesIn response to supporter requests we now have a number lightweight, easy to assemble cardboard collection boxes to share. The boxes are designed to encourage one off collections of loose change...

West Bank Summer CampsFHL were pleased to support two Christian summer schools in the West Bank this year. Our first grant of £2,000 was made to the Diocese of Jerusalem to support a summer school in Nablus, which is...

Discrimination in IsraelChristians living in the Holy Land face a complexity of pressures, reflecting lives lived under occupation, discrimination and as refugees. For Christians in Israel the invisible walls of...

News from Jordan's Ashrafieh parishSupporters will recall that FHL is working with Fr. George Al Kopti of St Paul’s Evangelical Church of Ashrafieh parish, Amman in Jordan. Ashrafieh has a particular mission to support Christian...

Film 'Separating Nativity from Resurrection'Those of us who visit the Holy Land are frequently asked to comment on the impact that the Separation Wall has on the people whom we support in the West Bank. The FHL short film ’The Suffering...

Report from Fr JamalHoly Land Committee Chair, Fr Jamal Khader, has been a parish priest in Ramallah since August 2018.Ramallah is located in the central West Bank six miles north of Jerusalem and serves as the...

School Partnerships – support from Cardinal Vaughan SchoolWe have identified a growing trend for younger supporters to engage with our work. From youth pilgrimages to school fundraising events FHL is successfully nurturing the next generation of donors....

Autumn Fundraising NewsAs ever, FHL’s supporters have shown superb personal commitment in helping raise funds.  Gillie Carrington, a parishioner of St Francis of Assisi in Kenilworth, held a sale of her personal...

Prayer in Wallasey ParishesPraying for our Christian family in the Holy Land is one of FHL’s four key objectives, so we were delighted to hear of prayer focused event in the Diocese of Shrewsbury recently. A weekend...

Two new Diocesan CoordinatorsFHL are delighted to announce the appointment of two new Diocesan Coordinators, Fr. Colin Mason for Clifton Diocese and Revd. Michael Garland for Gloucester Diocese. Diocesan Coordinators are...

£6K raised in one weekendIn just one weekend Westminster parishioner John Scanlan, raised a staggering £6,000 for ‘Friends of the Holy Land’.Over the weekend of the 8th and 9th December John spoke at all...

Helping DianaLast November FHL trustee Peer Rand made one of his regular trips to the West Bank to catch up on FHL staff, volunteers and beneficiaries. Whilst there FHL’s Bethlehem's team, Nancy and Reem,...

Supporting young Christians in GazaSupporting the tiny Christian population of Gaza is a vital consideration for FHL. The work that the Christian community in Gaza undertakes has an impact well beyond its size, reaching...

Wyre Forest FundraisingPicture includes left to right: Gail Brown, Maureen Brewer, John O’Brien, Helen Golding, Marie O’Brien, Stephen Brown, Anne Quinn and Jim Quinn. Group members involved in fundraising...

FHL's Summer camp successFor six weeks throughout July and August whilst schools are closed for their annual summer break, summer camps are developing for Christian children at many parishes in the Holy Land. Aside from...

Inspired to Raise £1,500Congratulations to Janek Codlin, a year 11 student from St Mary’s Independent School in Southampton, who successfully raised over £1500 for the School of Joy, in Beit Jala. Janek visited the...

A Fond Farewell - MarionA message from our Communications Manager Marion Homer "This month I have some news to share which is a little difficult for me personally. "After two years and eight months working as FHL’s...

Lichfield Carol Service 2018Over one hundred and fifty Christians, from differing traditions, came together at ‘The Friends of the Holy Land’ carol service at Lichfield Cathedral on Friday 7th December. Standing shoulder...

FHL Join Bishops in the Holy LandFHL was, once again, immensely privileged to be invited to take part in the ‘Holy Land Coordination’, a pilgrimage, organised by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales....

Christians in IsraelAs a member of the ‘Holy Land Coordination’ FHL Chairman, Jim Quin, was able to see first-hand the lives of Christians in Israel and the particular challenges they face.  The trip...

Online giving newsSupporters may be aware that for some years FHL has used ‘BT My Donate’ to facilitate online giving. Unfortunately, we have been advised that this service will end as of 30th June...

Welcome to our new Executive DirectorFHL are delighted to announce the appointment of Brendan Metcalfe as FHL’s new Executive Director.  Peter Rand writes, “I am delighted to welcome Brendan to the FHL team. This is a...

Rosary Sisters Bethlehem SchoolDuring his recent visit to the Holy Land FHL Trustee Peter Rand visited the Rosary Sisters School in Bethlehem where FHL supports a number of Christian students.  The School was founded in...

No Stopping RobertLeft to right : Matthew Armstrong - Head of Kings School, Jim Quinn- FHL Chairman, Robert FoskettSupporters may recall the fundraising activities of school boy Robert Foskett, who spoke at...

St Patrick's Night Celebration in KensingtonThe FHL Kensington Group ran their annual St Patrick's Night celebration and raised a fantastic £2,240.More than 120 people attended the Irish celebration, hosted by the Irish actress, Maureen...

Father Abusada's succesful visit to the UKFather Mamdouh Abusada a priest from Palestine who runs the School of Joy for local children with special needs has been visiting the UK telling local Christians how they can help to support his...

Hear Revd Fadi Preach in Coventry CathedralRevd. Dr. Fadi Diab, the Rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ramallah (Palestine),  preached at the 4pm Choral Evensong in Coventry Cathedral on 7th July 2019. Revd Fadi is a...

Join us in Coventry for our 10th Anniversary We are hosting the visit of Archbishop Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and The Most Reverend Suheil Dawani, Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, for the...

Looking Forward to 2017FHL Vice Chairman and Executive Trustee Peter Rand says, “Central to our work remains our key objectives of increasing awareness, prayer, and practical support, and to encourage people to go on...