Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Opening up festivals and events to one another

This year there has been a focus on faith groups sharing their festivals particularly those with a community service element  under the heading A Year of Service

Two opportunities are coming up in the next few weeks

International Day of Peace 21st September Different countires and organisations mark this in a variety of ways. As it falls on Friday this year, Islamic centres and mosques across the UK and overseas will be taking a lead in their local communities in marking the day. Visitors will be invited to join them during or after Friday prayres (Salaatul-Jumu'a) to exchange messages of peace, to celebrate local peace-building activities and to enjoy the hospitality offered. If you would like to know if your local mosque is involved or how your local church can get involved you can contact the following
C Robertson - London Peace Network; A. Faliq - The Cordoba Foundation; S A Razawi Majilis-e-Ulama Europe; J.Bond Christian Muslim Forum via http://londonpeacenetwork.wordpress.com/friday-21-september/

Churches are asked to make an effort to partner up with other faith groups around their Harvest Festival.
As this is traditionally a time for giving and receiving the suggestion is that  faith groups might be invited to join together in giving to an appropriate cause - a local or international charity perhaps.
Another idea might be for your church to arrange a Harvest welcome meal for international students who may have recently arrived to study at nearby university orcollege. The challenge of adjusting to a new culture away from family and friends canbe huge. If you have a college near you why not work with the chaplain or student services to put on a welcome feast in a local church hall? Neighbours from other faithscould be invited to join with you in cooking tasty food for the students and providing ajoint welcome.
If you don't currently have links with other places of worhsip in your area now might be a good time to reach out. See The Year of Service websit.