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Caring for Our Environment – 11th September 2019

We are excited to invite you to the next event in our diary, which will be focussed on caring for our local environment.

This will be a litter picking evening, our second such service activity.  Of course it will only make a small difference but nevertheless We think people appreciate  a combined effort  to keep our town looking good.

Since last year’s action many no longer feel embarrassed to pick up litter when out walking and drop it in the nearest bin.

We will be working around the cricket and recreation grounds by the football stadium.  

Date: Wednesday 11th September 2019

Please meet us in the stadium car-park at 6.00pm, from where we will start our clean up, the aim is to finish around 7.30pm and then have some refreshments in the Broad Street Islamic centre.

 Some pickers will be supplied, please come prepared for whatever the weather throws at us.

Family Event Update

A massive thank-you to those of you who attended our Family Event last night, we hope everyone managed to taste some of the home made pizza!

Pizza cooking in the Cob Oven!

The event was very popular and well attended, a big thank-you to everyone who made a donation to TWIGS – we raised over £90!

We had a fantastic evening, which was rounded off nicely by some spiritual readings, poems, prayers and a song!

Joining together in prayer, song, poems and spiritual readings.

We look forward to welcoming you to our next event, on 11th September, more details coming soon.

7th August – Family Event at TWIGS

We hope you are able to join us for our next event at our favourite venue of TWIGS  on  Wednesday 7 August 2019.

As well as our usual inspirational readings in the roundhouse there are several other things to do if you wish including:-

 – Redecorate Interfaith Peace Garden

 – Meditate in one of the themed zones

 – Tour of the gardens

It is an ideal occasion to bring your family and friends.

Refreshments will be served during the evening.

The garden will be open from 6pm until 9pm.

Venue: TWIGS, beside Manor Garden Centre, Cheney Manor, SN2 2QJ

Interfaith Charity Fast, celebrating Ramadan- 22nd May 2019

To coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Swindon Interfaith Group are inviting friends to fast for one day in order to,

 Raise awareness about hunger and poverty both nationally and internationally  
 Experience the health and spiritual benefits that can be gained from fasting
 Raise funds for local charities that give short term and long term help to Swindon’s homeless

Everyone that fasts will be invited to an evening dinner hosted by the Muslim Community, where they will also be encouraged to donate the money that would have been spent on food and drink for that day. In addition, the Muslim community will donate £10 for every person that takes part in the fast.

The day of the fast will be Wednesday 22nd May 

Instructions for fasting.

Muslims will be fasting from dawn until sunset (3.15am till 9.05pm), without any food or water, but as most people will not have fasted before, or infrequently, the instructions for the charity fast are as follows,

 Eat your usual breakfast meal at no later than 8.00am
 You may not eat anything until we break the fast at 9.23pm
 If you feel thirsty, you may drink some water only, but try not to drink too much.
 Please continue to take any prescribed or necessary medication.

Go about your usual routine, but if you can, try and take time to pray or meditate at least once during the day.

Arrive at the Al Habib Islamic Centre, Chapel St by 8.30pm where there will be a short discussion on homelessness and the work of local homeless charities. We will then “break” the fast with dinner and no doubt much sharing of the fasting experience!

If you would like to participate in the fast, please contact any member of the Swindon Interfaith Group, or confirm via the website contact form (www.swindoninterfaith.org) so that we can collate numbers for the dinner and also add numbers for the “Just Giving” page.

Statement following terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka

Following the barbaric Easter Day terrorist attacks on churches and other properties in Sri Lanka, many people in the UK have been coming together to express their condolences and stand in solidarity.

As we said after the terrorist attacks in Pittsburgh USA and Christchurch New Zealand – such attacks on places of worship are a reminder of the need to condemn extremist violence in the strongest terms and to stand together and to continue to work together with ever greater urgency against ignorance, prejudice and hatred.  Hatred targeting any community because of its faith and belief is a scourge that cannot be tolerated. There must be freedom for all communities to worship and practise their faith freely and without fear.

A Question of Faith 2

We hope you are well and enjoying this spring season. Our next event is at the invitation of the Parish of St Augustine’s in Rodbourne.
When:   7pm on Monday 15th April 2019
Venue:  St Augustine’s Church, Summers Street, SN2 2HA
This is the second year of the series of Lent Talks at St Augustine’s and Kenny Baxter will be explaining the history of Swindon Interfaith and what we have been doing over the many years since Vernon and Margaret Griffiths started the group in the 1990’s.
Please come and hear about the efforts of our interfaith group to make good relations between the different faith communities in Swindon. 
If you have never visited St Augustine’s it is definitely worth seeing, sometimes known as the “Penny Church” as it was funded mainly by railway worker’s donations of one penny for each brick.