St Michael’s Church in Welling
Last night we had our final planned gathering of the Bexley Interfaith Forum for 2019 at St Michael’s Church in Welling. Many thanks to St Michael’s for hosting us. We were also treated to some Noah’s Pudding courtesy of the Lighthouse in Welling. Many thanks to them.
Our theme was “Festivals” and we had representation and speakers from most of the religions across the Borough including Bahia, Islam, Christians/Church of England, Hindus, Judaism, Christian/Orthodox, and the Sant Nirankari Mission. The attached photograph shows all of us who were present.
Please note in your diaries the proposed dates for meetings of the Bexley Interfaith Forum in 2020. Currently, we do not have venues determined but these will be advised nearer the time.
We are envisaging that the themes for 2020 might be Social Action, The Environment, Poverty and Equality.
If your place of worship would like to host us in 2020 for any of these gatherings then please let me know.
Tuesday 28th January at 7.30pm
Wednesday 22nd April at 7.30pm
Monday 25th May at 11.30am – Peace/Prayer Walk
Thursday 16th July at 7.30pm (AGM)
Tuesday 13th October at 7.30pm
Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple in Belvedere
The Forum has gathered for the meeting on the 17th July 2019 at the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple in Belvedere. As always it was beautiful evening of peace and sharing of different faith traditions present in our Bexley borough. We had the representatives from Islam, Sikhism, Judaism, Bahai and Christian Churches including Catholic Church.
Abu Bakr Crayford Mosque
On the 1st May 2019, our friends from Abu Bakr Crayford Mosque hosted the meeting of Bexley Interfaith Forum
The topic of our discussion was Holly Books. The BIFF chairman, Rev. Trevor Wyatt welcomed leaders of the diverse faith traditions in Bexley. The participants included:
• St. Augustine’s Church Slade Green, Christ Church Bexleyheath and St Paulinus Church Crayford (Church of England)
• Crayford Mosque (Islam)
• Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple Belvedere, (Sikhism)
• Welling Methodists Church
• Our Lady of the angels Catholic Church Erith (Catholics)
• Representative of Bahá’í Faith
• Representatives from Bexley Metropolitan Police
• Representatives from Bexley Council.
The gathering started with the mosque’s imam, Hafiz Rahman telling us about Islamic Holy book-Koran, followed by the representative from the Sikh temple navigating us through Sikhs scriptures, while John Cooper spoke about the Holy book from a Bahá’í perspective. Christian Holy Book-Bible was summarise by Rev Trevor Wyatt.
Please Note: The last meeting in 2019 will be held on Wednesday 25th September at 7.30pm (location to be confirmed)
Bexleyheath Police Station
The topic of our latest meeting on the 27th September 2018 was Hinduism.
Our Lady of the Angels in Erith
On 21 June 2018, Our Lady of the Angels Roman Catholic Church in Erith hosted Bexley Interfaith Forum meeting. The topic of our discussion was PRAYER. Br Martin welcomed leaders of many faith traditions in Bexley. The participants included:
- Christ Church Erith, Christ Church Bexleyheath and St Paulinus (all Church of England)
- Crayford Mosque (Islam)
- Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple in Belvedere, (Sikhism)
- Representative of Bahá’í Faith
- Bexleyheath and Welling Methodist Churches
- Catford and Bromley Synagogue (Judaism)
- Queen Street Baptism Church in Erith
- Sergeant Bryan Young – multi faith lead for Bexley Police
Picture above: Our Lady of the Angels Roman Catholic Church in Erith
We heard different perspectives on prayer from Gerald Rose (Judaism), Brother Martin (Roman Catholic), Kulvinder Singh (Sikhism) and Hafiz Rahman (Islam). John Cooper was called upon at the last minute to speak about prayer from a Bahá’í perspective. There was an opportunity for questions and answers. We ended with a time of silence.
St Paulinus Church in Crayford
The Bexley Interfaith Forum enable people of different faith traditions across the Borough to meet, to build friendships, and develop a greater understanding of each others faith traditions.
It was amazing to see so many faith traditions represented at the most recent Bexley Interfaith Forum on the 8th march 2018 hosted by Rev Paul Prentice at St Paulinus Church (Church of England)
which is more than 1,000 years old and one of the oldest and most historic places of worship in Bexley Borough.
The attendance at St Paulinus from across the faith traditions was best yet with representation from Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Jews, and various Christian denominations including the Roman Catholic Church. It was also good to see the Police represented who intend to join us for future such gatherings.
Picture above: St Paulinus Church of England in Crayford
To find out more about St Paulinus Church of England please visit:
Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple in Belvedere
The evening saw a superb turnout from many faith traditions across the Borough, with the Forum warmly welcomed by the Sikh community at the Belvedere Gurdwara.
Picture above: Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple
Following the first meeting, Rev Trevor Wyatt, Vicar of Christ Church Bexleyheath and Chair of Bexley Interfaith Forum said:
“The evening was a very uplifting experience for everyone who attended. We went into the worship space where the Sikh faith tradition was explained to us, and there was then the opportunity for questions and answers. Throughout the evening we were able to talk together and build friendships.
He continued: “Building relationships with people of other faiths is just another way we can help enrich our communities. You may not have a Sikh gurdwara or mosque where you live, but maybe through your work or your child’s school you will meet someone of another faith. Engaging as a Christian in interfaith work is about us loving and meeting our neighbour.”
There are currently 72 people on the mailing list for the Bexley Interfaith Forum from across the various faith traditions in Bexley Borough. A ‘Steering Group’ has now also been formulated, with one representative from each major faith tradition in the Bexley Borough. The “Steering Group” will meet separately to the Forum, to plan future events and activities.
For more information on the Forum please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rev Trevor Wyatt at 07860306746