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COMING INTERFAITH EVENTS IN WATFORD

National Interfaith Week

12-19 November 2017

Watford Interfaith Association’s contribution to this week is to organise an Interfaith Pilgrimage in Watford Town Centre, calling at 5 places of worship. Starting at 12.45pm at the Watford & District Synagogue, the pilgrims will be welcomed with warm drinks and delicious kosher cakes before the Rabbi’s presentation. The pilgrimage will spend 20 minutes in each places of worship. We will visit the Watford Velmurugan Temple for the first time, a Hindu temple of Tamil tradition that was consecrated recently in Watford. Afterwards we will visit the Watford Central Mosque and Holy Rood Roman Catholic Church. The pilgrimage will end at 5pm at the Gurdwara, the Sikh Temple where refreshments will be served. It is a free event and all are welcome to join this walk at any time. Women are asked to cover their legs with long skirts or trousers and bring some head covering for visiting the Hindu Temple, the Mosque and the Gurdwara. Shoes will also need to be removed at these places of worship. Please let us know if you would like to participate by calling 01923 774812 or e-mail wifasec@aol.com

Timetable

1) 12.45 – 1.45pm, Watford & District Synagogue, Nascot Rd. As part of Mitzvah Day*, you are invited for tea, coffee and delicious kosher cakes before the Rabbi’s presentation.

2) 2.20 – 2.50pm, Watford Velmurugan Temple, (Hindu Temple), Exchange Road. Shoes should be taken off.

3) 3.00 – 3.30pm, Watford Central Mosque, Cambridge Rd. Shoes should be taken off and women need to cover their heads.

4) 3.45 – 4.15pm, Holy Rood RC Church, Market Street.

5) 4.30 – 5pm, Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Ladys Close. Shoes should be taken off and both men and women need to cover their heads. Refreshments will be served.

*Mitzvah Day is the annual day in the Jewish community to engage in acts of kindness.

WIFA’S 40th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday 9th July 2017

2.30—5.30pm

The James Theatre, Watford Boys’ School

Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD18 7JF

(Close to Watford Metropolitan Line Station)

Guest Speaker Dr Harriet Crabtree,

Director, Interfaith network for the UK

Faith stalls and displays

Refreshments

Music

RSVP to secretary, wifasec@aol.com


You are warmly invited to the Watford Interfaith Association AGM to be held 
on Tuesday 21st February, 2017
 
It will be held at Watford Museum,
194, Watford High Street,
Watford, WD17 2DT, at 7.15 for 7.30pm.
 
The Business of the meeting – reviews of past year and election of new committee – will be brief to allow time for the talks, which will be about the Interfaith Peace Garden. New members are welcome.
As members are well aware, the AGM is the time that membership is renewed, and Owrang Moshtael will be on hand to renew your membership. The cost is £10 per annum, as it always has been. Help in setting up, catering and taking down on the day is also very welcome.
Debbie Brady, Cassiobury Park Ranger will speak about the development of the Orchard and how the Peace Garden came to be a part of it.
Jeff Bateman, Peace Garden Team Leader will speak about the creation of the garden, the input from the faith communities and the need for volunteers to create, plant and maintain the garden.
Watford Chair Cllr Darren Walford will be our guest of honour.
WIFA has enjoyed much help from Watford Council for this garden, and of course from the faith communities, plus a little serendipity came into play. Now the time has come to start designing the garden in detail and digging and planting flower beds, more help is needed from the communities.
As always, there will be some nice refreshments and hot and cold drinks. The meeting is free and all are welcome. There is a lift for people less able to climb stairs.
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INTERFAITH PILGRIMAGE for Interfaith Week
20th November, 12 noon.
WIFA’s ever popular pilgrimage walk to five places of worship
in Watford, starting at the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara 12 -1.30 (including lunch and meeting the community), St Mary’s Parish Church 1.45 – 2.15, Central Mosque 2.30 – 3.00,  (awaiting confirmation on another place of worship) and finishing at the Watford and District Synagogue (with refreshments).
 
The walk is guided and refreshments are provided at several of the venues. It’s free and all are welcome, of all ages and abilities.
Updates on venues and timings will appear here as they are confirmed and/or on our Facebook page, Watford Interfaith Association.
WATFORD INTERFAITH PEACE GARDEN
Work is ongoing in the Peace Garden in Cassiobury Park, with regular working parties on Wednesday mornings and Sunday afternoons.

WIFA provides the Sacred Space interfaith discussions and demonstrations for the Watford Celebration, takes part in the Side by Side Herts Fire and Rescue community initiative in which various community groups work together, belongs to the Interfaith Network for the UK and the Herts Interfaith Forum which meets two or three times a year.