Free Coffee! Free Cake! Free Koran! Breaking down barriers

Discussing Islam can be found at  @islam_discuss on Twitter. The group holds fortnightly meetings at  to educate people and discuss the religion of Islam. There is free cake, coffee and Koran at the meetings….

Rafay, the organiser, writes,

“We live in a world with many different religions and cultures. Islam is one of the largest religions in the world. In England 1 in 20 are Muslims and this regular event is being held so that anyone can come and ask questions to learn about Islam in a chilled out environment.

No questions are barred (about Islam and Muslims) so come and learn about Muslims and get answers to the questions that you’ve perhaps never been able to get access to.

The aim is to try and give you the spectrum of the Islamic view on issues and also what the general majority feel is the most appropriate way.

In addition, the group hope to deliver a comprehensive introductory course to Islam over a period of a few sessions.

 

I’d really love to see anyone who fancies a coffee and wants to discuss Islam with me, listen to some live Quran recitation, and hopefully make friends with others too!

I’d love to hear your views on recent events and how they impact on you and also whether knowing about Islam could be useful in your workplace.

It happens every fortnight on a Thursday in the gallery in Matthews Yard, 1 Surrey Street, Croydon near the Surrey Street Market.”

The next sessions are is on 28th September & then 12th October 2017.

 

Follow at @islam_discuss on Twitter

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‘Faith Togetherness’ photography competition run by Faiths Together in Croydon, open to everyone!

Faiths Together in Croydon is holding a photography competition and YOU are invited to participate!

The theme is ‘Faith Togetherness’.

The competition will be judged by a panel of professional photographers and all the photographs will be used in an exhibition during Interfaith Week in November 2017. There are also plans to use the best twelve photographs in a calendar for 2018.

Age categories are:

  • 5-10 years
  • 11-18 years
  • Adults – 19 upwards


Please email your entry to fticroydon@gmail.com, with the subject ‘FTiC photography competition’. Please don’t forget to include your name, age and address.

The closing date for entries is 30 September, 2017.

 

And why not follow Faiths Together in Croydon on Twitter at @FTiCroydon and on Facebook?

Invitation to Project Griffin meeting for Croydon faith communities – Weds 5 July

Please see the following invitation from Jeff Boothe, Borough Commander, Croydon Police.

Please noted that pre-registration is a requirement and people will not be able to register on the door.

Details of how to how to pre-register is highlighted in bold towards the end of the letter below.

The Borough Commander writes,

Invitation to Project Griffin for Croydon Faith Community
Croydon Town Hall
Wednesday 5th July 2017, 6pm to 8pm
Registration will be open from 5.30pm for a prompt start at 6pm.

 

“Croydon Police and Faiths Together in Croydon, would like to jointly extend a personal invitation for you to join us on Wednesday 5th July 2017 at 6pm to 8pm at Croydon Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET. This specially arranged Project Griffin event is for representatives of all faiths within the borough of Croydon.

Presentations at this event will include:
•       Opening by Croydon Police – Superintendent Tony Josephs
•       A welcome by the Faiths Together in Croydon Chair – Penny Smith-Orr
•       An introduction for Croydon Faiths Liaison Officer – Alex Starr
•       An introduction to the concept Faith Responders.
•       Croydon Counter Terrorism Focus Desk delivering the brand new 2017 Project Griffin presentation containing vital information including:Identifying suspicious behaviour, how to report it and its importance.

  • Identifying suspicious behaviour, how to report it and its importance.
    •       Stay Safe, RUN HIDE TELL – Marauding Terrorist Weapons & Firearms attacks.
    •       Suspicious Items, Bomb threats, enhancing protective security of your premises.
    •       Many more topics relevant to your faith community and there will be a great opportunity for networking.

Recent worldwide events continue to show the level to which terrorists will go to achieve their aims with potentially devastating consequences.  In the event of an incident the effectiveness of the response made by you and your staff is of paramount importance in protecting your community and your buildings. This unique opportunity aims to bring together representatives of all faiths from the borough Croydon.

Croydon Police and Faith Together in Croydon are jointly launching the introduction to the Faith Responders role in Croydon – open to volunteers from all faith venues / communities in Croydon. These volunteers can play an important role in assisting the emergency services, local authority and key partners following a terrorist attack or major incident that may affect the local community. This will be of real benefit to anyone with responsibility for your venue’s building security, those who organise or manage events at your venues. This event aims to provide joint learning to make our faith venues and communities more resilient to any type of major incident.

Those interested in attending this free event should email the Croydon Counter Terrorism Focus Desk at Croydon.CTFD@met.police.uk with their name, faith venue address, role, contact details (telephone number & email) and the same full details of all additional people wishing to attend from that venue.

Attendance at the event is free and by invitation only. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept registration on the day. 

Please try to attend with your venues nominated volunteer for the Croydon Faith Responder role where possible.

If you have any questions about this event you can contact James Baster or Danny King at Croydon Police on the Counter Terrorism Focus Desk on  07789 710213.

We do hope you can join us.”

 

Join Croydon’s Interfaith bike ride and picnic in the park – 9 July 2017

The Faiths Together in Croydon (FTiC) annual picnic and bike ride will be held on July 9 in 2017, in association with Croydon Council and BoxPark.

This year the Council are supporting this special Big Get Together event  to show that we #WeStandTogether

A continuation of the Croydon Cyclefest, this is Faiths Together in Croydon’s third inter-faith bike ride and picnic.

This cycle ride through Croydon visits several of our diverse sites of worship before joining a dedicated Big Get Together picnic in the Park Hill Park. It’s a great opportunity to bring our community together, young and old, to promote diversity and equality.

Everyone is welcome to take part in the interfaith bike ride, to see the riders off from Boxpark Croydon, and to join the interfaith picnic which runs from 2-5pm at Park Hill Park in central Croydon.

The ride will be led by professional cycling instructors who will safeguard the ride. Rides will depart promptly as follows:

10am – Starting point for Group A: Croydon Arena, SE25 4QL for a route safety briefing

10:30am – start riding!

10:30am – Starting point for Group B: Boxpark, CR0 1LD.

 

Places on the ride can be reserved via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/croydon-inter-faith-bike-ride-and-big-get-together-picnic-tickets-34707630457 or www.faithstogetherincroydon.org.uk

 

 

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Check out the video of the event in 2016

Respect – An event run by Faiths Together in Croydon on May 24, open to all!

Faiths Together in Croydon is hosting an event on respect,  and YOU are invited…

The event is being held on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at St Mary’s High School, from 5-7pm.

The event is open to everyone – people of all ages and of all faiths or none.

 

 

This follows a successful event exploring Peace, held last year.

And why not follow Faiths Together in Croydon on Twitter at @FTiCroydon and on Facebook?

Respect – An event run by Faiths Together in Croydon on May 24, open to everyone!

Faiths Together in Croydon is hosting an event on respect.  and YOU are invited…

The event is being held on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at St Mary’s School.

More details to follow

 

This follows a successful event exploring Peace, held last year.

And why not follow Faiths Together in Croydon on Twitter at @FTiCroydon and on Facebook?