Bexleyheath Police Station
The topic of our latest meeting on the 27th September was Hinduism.
Our Lady of the Angels
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, Crayford, 8th March 2018
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 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 BexleyBorough.
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The attendance at St Paulinus from across the faith traditions was the 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. The next Bexley Interfaith Forum will be held on Thursday 21st June at 7.30pm at The Roman Catholic Church – Our Lady of the Angels in Erith. To find out about interfaith engagement in your area contact Rev Trevor Wyatt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07860 306746
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.
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
The next meeting of the Bexley Interfaith Forum will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 8th March at St Paulinus Crayford; the church is one of the oldest worship centres in the Borough of Bexley and is of historical and other significance.