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About UsAbout Friends of the Holy Land Our PurposeThe Christian people of the Holy Land have been under increasing economic and political pressure in the past seventy-five years, and during that time the...

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...

Peter Rand - Vice Chairman and Executive Trustee copy 7270Peter 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 is Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Important?FHL believe for the Christian community in the Holy Land to flourish more Pilgrims must make time to visit local Christians and support the...

Pilgrimage & PrayerPilgrimage & Prayer Pilgrimages to the Holy Land “Seeing is believing”. We encourage everyone to visit the Holy Land, pray with the local community at the Sunday Service, visit a school or...

PrayerPrayer Inspiring Prayer   Praying for our Christian family in the Holy Land is central to our work. We have seen plenty of evidence to show that awareness raising, starting through...

Privacy PolicyPrivacy Policy1. Introduction1.1 The Friends of the Holy Land ("we" or "us") is committed to preserving the privacy of all visitors to this website.1.2 This policy explains what personal...

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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...

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...

Support UsSupport Us How you can help our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land:The primary purpose of the Friends of the Holy Land is to support Christians in the Holy Land, to enable them to maintain a...

Supporter ResourcesSupporter Resources  You may find this presentation, created for our Lichfield Carol Service in December 2017 useful - it showcases our work and includes pictures of many of our...

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 Living StonesThe Living Stones About the Living StonesBethlehem and Jerusalem, where Jesus was born, crucified and rose to new life, were once bustling with local Christians. The Holy Land is the birthplace of...

The SpeakersThe 2017 National Gathering  The SpeakersFHL exists to bring hope to vulnerable Christians living in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan. In the last eight years we have raised...

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...

Trustee' Annual ReportsTrustees' Annual Reports ReportsPlease click the link below to read the Trustees' Report for the year. FHL Trustees Report 2016 FHL Trustees Report 2015 FHL Trustees Report 2014

What We DoWhat we do How We WorkFHL works closely with churches in the UK and in the Holy Land. Our work is ecumenical and has the backing and blessing of Anglican and Catholic Bishops in England, Wales,...

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...

Our ProjectsOur Projects Our ProjectsFHL fund a mixture of sustainable and immediate relief work the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan and focuses on the areas of:

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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...

Chairman's MessageChairman's Message 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 assist the Christians in the...

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...

FHL at ChristmasFHL at Christmas  FHL Christmas Cards  FHL Christmas cards cost £3.75 for a pack of 10 cards and every purchase directly supports Christians living in the Holy Land. Printed in...

Gaza Employment ProjectGaza Employment Project What’s the situation?FHL 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...

Get in TouchGet in Touch Fill in our form... Contact UsIf you would like to contact the Friends of the Holy Land:Write to us...Friends of the Holy LandFarmer Ward RoadKenilworthWarwickshireCV8 2DHPhone...

Get InvolvedGet Involved Fill in our form... Contact UsIf you would like to contact the Friends of the Holy Land:Write to us...Friends of the Holy LandFarmer Ward RoadKenilworthWarwickshireCV8 2DHPhone...

Home What we do Making a difference to the lives of vulnerable Christians in the Holy LandFriends of the Holy Land was established to help and encourage Christians to flourish in the land of their...

Jordan Dress Making ProjectJordan Dress Making  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...

Our PeopleOur People The Team at FHL FHL 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 progress...

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NewslettersNewsletters Please use the links below to view our newsletters. 2018Issue 17 Newsletter Winter/Spring 2017January Update 2018  2017 Issue 15 Newsletter Winter/Spring 2017January Update...

Olive Branches Choir from BethlehemOlive Branches Choir At Lichfield Carol Service  On Friday Dec 15 at 7.30pm, the Cathedral will host a dedicated FHL carol service with singing led by the Cathedral choir. After the service...

Our Founder Michael WhelanOur Founder Michael Whelan - Inspired by a pilgrimage In 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...

Our HistoryOur History Our History – Inspired by a pilgrimage In 2007 a group of returning pilgrims were so moved by the plight of Holy Land Christians they wanted to make an immediate improvement to their...

Our PartnersOur Partners Our PartnersWe support the Christian population of the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan, working in partnership with organisations such as Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem, The...

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...

Who are FHLWho are FHL? 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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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...

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...

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...

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Our Projects

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.

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 families.

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...

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...