Interfaith Pilgrimages

The Watford Interfaith Pilgrimage has become an established event in Watford’s calendar. Taking place each year in National Interfaith Week it visits five or six places of worship close to Watford town centre. There has been some variation most years in the actual places visited. For the future, WIFA is considering the possibility of visits to other places of worship nearby but not in walking distance of the town centre.

15 November 2020

Thanks so much to all of you who attended the 2020 interfaith pilgrimage for Interfaith Week on Zoom. During visits to the twelve places of worship, nearly everyone spoke about love for one another, and how much service everyone does for those in the community. We were delighted to have Elected Mayor Peter Taylor speaking to us and encouraging as ever the efforts WIFA makes to get people harmoniously together, also MP Dean Russell enthused about how Watford had come together in unique ways especially during the pandemic, and Bishop Richard mentioned the passing of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and how he had enjoyed his books, which was echoed elsewhere. He said he had been very impressed with how well the people of Watford work together.

So thank you so much to everyone else who helped to bring it about, and to all the pastors, priests, rabbis, trustees, police, chaplains, bishops, imams and others who spoke about their faith or work, and had made lovely videos. WIFA has received several emails from people who said they had enjoyed the journey so much and had felt better afterwards. Well we can’t ask more than that of an event can we?

The event was recorded and is available on Watford Interfaith Association’s YouTube Channel on this link:

17 November 2019

It was wonderful to have Ashley Beck from the Interfaith Network join us for our pilgrimage. The Elected Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chair of Watford Council attended, along with several councillors and we were made very welcome indeed by the places of worship. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make this such a happy and educational day.

 

The pilgrimage visited six places of worship in Watford
Watford & District Synagogue, Nascot Rd.
As part of Mitzvah Day (the annual day in the Jewish community to engage in acts of kindness), tea, coffee and delicious kosher cakes were served before the formal introduction to the pilgrimage.
Watford Central Mosque, Cambridge Rd.
St Mary’s Church of England Parish Church, High Street.A good opportunity to see the result of the recent refurbishment.

Al-Zahra Centre (Shia Mosque), Fearnley Street.

Holy Rood Roman Catholic Church, Market Street.

Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Ladys Close.

Refreshments were be served here too.

Interfaith Pilgrimage Sunday 18 November 2018

 

Our 2017 pilgrimage featured a visit to the new Hindu temple on Exchange Road, as well as the established favourites of the Synagogue, the Central Mosque, Holy Rood Roman Catholic Church and the Gurdwara. We walked, talked, learned and ate together.

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In 2015 we visited six places of worship.

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We began with lunch at the Quaker meeting house

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where were heard about Quakers and about Unitarians (who also worship regularly in the meeting house).

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Then we went to the synagogue for tea and cake,

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a talk about the synagogue and what happens there,

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an official welcome to the pilgrimage and an invitation to pray and to read together from the Psalms.

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We went on to St Mary’s parish church (stopping at the bandstand on the way) where we  had an introduction to Christianity and the parish system.

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Next stop was the central mosque for an introduction to Islam (and more refreshments)

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Then to Holy Rood Church where we heard about the day’s bible reading

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and the story of the building of this church.

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Finally we went to the Gurdwara, heard an introduction to Sikhism

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and had another meal!

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Many thanks to all the places of worship for their warm welcomes and words of introduction to their faith. Thanks also to those who organised this and to all who participated in the pilgrimage.

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