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Interfaith Events in Surrey 2016


Woking People of Faith Events

H o r s e l l C o m o n E n v i r o n m e n t a l W o r k P a r t y

The next WPOF environmental working party will take place on Saturday 15th October. An area of heathland around the pond at the top end of the Danewell Gutter needs clearing of birch and pine and we have volunteered!!! PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS IMPORTANT TASK – “Lend a hand to clear the land”. The meeting place for the work party will be the Sandy Track car park; which is near the roundabout at the junction of Shores Road, Chobham Road and Kettlewell Hill. The car park is about 200m down the track on the right hand side. 10am till 12 pm. Tea, coffee etc. will be provided during the morning. Please meet at 9:45 for the briefing. This is very important. We highly recommend heavy duty footwear such as Wellington Boots or thick boots/shoes; gardening gloves are good too.

I n t e r f a i t h P r a y e r V i g i l

Prayers from different faith perspectives for refugees around the world at United Reformed Church, Sunday 23rd October at the United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking.

T h e W o k i n g P i l g r i m a g e o f U n d e r s t a n d i n g

Date: 12th November, Time : 10am – 12.30pm

This event is designed to promote awareness of different faith groups for Interfaith Week.

A walk starting at URC then visiting the following establishments:- Quaker Meeting House, St Dunstan’s Roman Catholic Church, Shah Jahan Mosque, and the Light House, where there will be a ‘religious fair’ and lunch.

The walk has been timed and takes approximately 45 minutes, but there will be 15 minute stops at each building in order for a speaker to explain the architecture and the basis of the faith. A prayer will be said before continuing. Bottled water will be provided at URC and St. Dunstan’s.

Other faith groups, e.g. Baha’i, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Greek Orthodox, etc., who do not have a building on this route will be offered a table at the Light House on which to display any information about their religion and they will have an opportunity to explain what their beliefs mean to them. Lunch will be soup/roll and a curry.

Participants can then return to their cars when they wish. Those with mobility issues are welcome to drive to each establishment and wait for the pilgrims.

Recommended donation to go to Red Cross to support Refugees – £3

Parking at URC and/or town car parks. For more information on these events please contact Garry Shore, Co-ordinator, Woking People of Faith. E:


Council of Christian and Jews Upcoming Events

Tuesday 22nd November – an event for National Inter Faith Week

Inter Faith dialogue – the Kingston Quaker-Jewish experience. How an objection to the national Quaker position on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions evolved into a five-year dialogue.

Three people who have been involved in the Kingston Quaker-Jewish Dialogue Group will share their experience. This group came together in Spring 2011 when Kingston Jews approached Kingston Quakers, concerned that the national representative body of British Quakers was recommending a boycott of purchase of West Bank Israeli settlement goods. Since then, the group has met nearly forty times and in Spring 2013 undertook a joint visit to Israel-Palestine. This presentation at Staines will not discuss the overseas conflict that brought the group together, rather it will share the experience of dialogue itself.

This event will be at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Staines.

Contact Cedric Dowe on 01252 622978 for more information.


Compassionate Living

Guildford and Godalming Interfaith Forum warmly invites friends of all beliefs and none to their annual com-memoration of Interfaith Week. There will be an introductory talk from Rev. Sheena Gabriel and contributions from Guildford Mayor, Cllr Gordon Jackson and Godalming Mayor, Cllr David Hunter.

Representatives of the Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh and Baha’i communities will be sharing their Faith’s teaching and music.

Sunday 20th November, 3.00 pm—5.00 pm at St Nicholas, Parish Room, Bury Street, Guildford, GU2 4AW.

Refreshments served after the service.

For further information please contact Carolyn Neogi: 01483 415773 | E:


Surrey Heath Faith Forum Inter-Faith lunch

Wednesday 23rd November, 12-2pm in the St. Peter’s Church Hall, Frimley Green Road, Frimley, GU16 7AQ

Bring and Share lunch for faith communities. For further information please contact Sarah Groom:


Epsom and Ewell Borough Council

International Peace Light Celebration

2.00 – 2.30pm, 18th Dec 2016

The Ashley Centre, Ashley Rd, Epsom KT18 5AB

Come and welcome the Bethlehem Peace Light as it arrives in Epsom and Ewell. Epsom Scouts will escort it into the Ashley Centre, where it will be welcomed by our Mayor, George Crawford, and by renowned snooker star Jimmy White MBE. Everyone is invited to share in a short ceremony and to enjoy the hand bells and to sing carols.

The light will be taken on to various events in Epsom. The Peace Light travels throughout Europe, on to North America, Mexico and Canada. It is lit from the “Eternal Flame” from the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem.

“We gladly receive the light as a sign of our willingness to be channels of peace, by our words and actions.”