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Faith in the Community Awards 15th November 2018

More than 200 local people of different faiths were invited to special awards evening at the Civic Offices in Bexleyheath to celebrate the hard work and achievements of the borough’s faith groups.

The HM Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London Sir Kenneth Olisa was among those presenting awards, along with Bexley Members of Parliament Sir David Evennett MP, James Brokenshire MP and Teresa Pearce MP.                                                                           

They were joined by the borough’s deputy lieutenant major David Hewer, the mayor of Bexley Councillor Brian Bishop and the leader of the council cllr Teresa O’Neill.

Local faith groups and members of the public were invited earlier in the year to nominate projects that seek to make a difference and help others in their local communities.

The 52 projects – ranging from foodbanks and community cafés to education and sports groups – were nominated for the seven award categories.

All the entries were adjudicated by an independent panel and the following seven winners were announced on the evening:

Outstanding Individual – Bhavan Patak (not pictured, award collected by Yog Foundation CEO Chetan Halai)

Cohesive Communities – Women Together

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Successful Communities – Blue Sky Citadel

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Helping Others in the World – Mrs Joyce Smally and the Knitting Group

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Outstanding Team – Salvation Army

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Healthy Communities – Guru Hargobind Sports Club

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Supportive Communities – Evergreen Care Bexley

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The awards ceremony closed with Bexley’s cabinet member for communities cllr Alex Sawyer reflecting on the achievements of all the winners and nominees.

He said: “The stories that we have heard tonight give us just some insight into the scale of the activity happening across the borough to help our communities thrive.

“They are living testament to how faith groups #doitforbexley every day. Thank you for all that you do to create a stronger, more connected community.”

The Faith in the Community Awards were created by the Bexley Interfaith Forum, with support from the council.

The awards took place during the UK’s Inter Faith Week (November 11 – 18), which aims to strengthen good interfaith relations, increase awareness of the different faith communities in the UK and increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs.

Welcome

The Bexley Interfaith Forum was recently re-launched just over a year ago.

Its objectives are to foster the building of relationship and mutual understanding between people of different faith traditions.

The Bexley Interfaith Forum meets about once every 3 months at a different venue – often at a worship centre – and seeks to include and hear the voices of all faith traditions present at each of its gatherings.

The Bexley Interfaith Forum was recently re-launched just over a year ago. Its objectives are to foster the building of relationship and mutual understanding between people of different faith traditions. The Bexley Interfaith Forum meets about once every 3 months at a different venue – often at a worship centre – and seeks to include and hear the voices of all faith traditions present at each of its gatherings. Latest update from our meeting on the 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. Picture1 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 Bexley Borough. St-Paulinus-Church-Crayford-p.jpg To read more about St Paulinus Church of England please visit: http://stpaulinus.co.uk 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 June7.30pm 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 revtrevorwyatt@btinternet.com or 07860 306746 Previous meeting 556 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. 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 If you would like to know more about the activities of the Bexley Interfaith Forum and what we do please visit “Our next Meeting” section on our website or you can email us at bexleyinterfaith@gmail.com Thank you for visiting!!!

Interfaith Dialogue Guidelines

 Our meeting on the 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 eachothers faith traditions.

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 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 Bexley Borough

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To read more about St Paulinus Church of England please visit:

http://stpaulinus.co.uk

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 7.30pm at The Roman Catholic ChurchOur Lady of the Angels in Erith.

 To find out about interfaith engagement in your area contact                                        Rev Trevor Wyatt at revtrevorwyatt@btinternet.com or 07860 306746

Previous meeting

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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.

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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.