On Wednesday 14th March 2018 All Saints Church of England School, Cricklewood Lane, NW2 had a special assembly with leaders of the three Abrahamic faiths. The new Priest in Charge at All Saints Church, The Reverend Robin Sims-Williams was joined by Rabbi Dov Kaplan of the Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, Ahmad Alkazemi from the Markaz El Tathgheef El Eslami (the Islamic Centre in the Hippodrome at Golders Green), and Steve Derby, director of Interfaith Matters.
The group first attended a whole school assembly in which three of the students, from years 1, 2 and 3 asked the faith leaders questions about their respective faith’s teachings, the purpose of prayer and their distinctive clothing. Steve Derby closed off the assembly saying, “If you take one thing away from today, let it be that you had Rabbi Dov, who is Jewish, Ahmad, who is Muslim, and Fr Robin, who is Christian, sitting together as friends, speaking to you.”
After the assembly the group visited years 4, 5 and 6 so that they could have an opportunity for greater discussion. The children and faith leaders discussed what motivated them to take up their current roles, what they had to do to take on their roles and whether science was a challenge to their faith.
“The students at All Saints’ asked such candid questions, I found myself learning so much from the discussions, and it was wonderful to see the school community engaged in dialogue with our visitors. It was a privilege to speak with and learn from Rabbi Dov and Ahmad in this setting; it is so important for the children to see devout people of different faiths working and laughing together and for us all to develop the skill of having good honest dialogue with people from different faith traditions.” – The Reverend Robin Sims-Williams, Priest in Charge, All Saints’ Church, Child’s Hill.
All Saints School serves a diverse community, and their admissions policy reserves half of the places for children from families from all faiths and none.
On Thursday 15th March 2018, a Rabbi, an Imam and a Vicar visited 45 children at Alyth Kindergarten (aged between 2-4 years old): Imam Yusuf Rawat (Hendon Mosque and Islamic Centre), Rabbi Dov Kaplan (Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue) and Revd. Robin Sims-Williams (All Saints Childs Hill). Steve Derby the Director of Interfaith Matters co-ordinated and attended the visit.
“Children are never too young to learn about mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths. The children are learning to respect and celebrate each other’s differences and develop an understanding of diversity through people in the wider world”. Tor Alter, Head Teacher
The Circle Time explored what it means to be different and how we can look after each other regardless of different faiths. The children heard about each of the Faith Leaders traditions and customs and were shown items relating to their religion e.g. a Muslim prayer mat and Qur’an from Imam Yusuf.
“The interfaith talk was a great way to introduce the children to other religions and traditions, making them feel comfortable and familiar with people from different backgrounds and creating a sense of ‘togetherness, peace, harmony and respect.” Vivi Ben-David, Teacher.
Starting from the 15th January 2018 we will be hosting a Stay-and-Play for children under 5 years old and their carers. There will be toys and a play area for the children and coffee and tea for the carers.
All are welcome, so come along, Mondays from 10 to 11:30
We are a group of clergy and faith representatives in Barnet that meet in each other’s centres to foster good inter-religious relations and promote community cohesion. Our interfaith forum is convened under the auspices of Interfaith Matters, a local registered charity, and meetings have been held regularly for almost three years.
All members of the interfaith forum look forward to welcoming the clerics of Markaz El Tathgheef El Eslami, the new Islamic Centre at Golders Green Hippodrome, to our interfaith meetings.
At our last meeting, hosted by the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Golders Green, members expressed every confidence that Barnet Council would address and resolve all legitimate concerns relating to additional traffic, less parking and the Centre’s use.
However, as clergy and faith representatives we unanimously deplored and condemned the hostile and, at times, racist response to the new Islamic Centre’s opening. It is our firm conviction that those that attend the Centre are as entitled to suitable and sufficient facilities as are enjoyed by all other faiths in Barnet, including Golders Green.
Indeed, we are sure the new Islamic community will contribute, with us, to the neighbourhood’s character, harmony and safety. We are also grateful to the Centre’s clerics who have already offered to host our next interfaith forum meeting and we look forward to this in the New Year.
Deacon Anthony Clark (St Edward the Confessor Church)
Father Tony Convery (St Edward the Confessor Church)
Imam Oussama Sahmaoui (Islamic Association of North London (North Finchley Mosque))
Imam Yusuf Rawat (Hendon Mosque and Islamic Centre)
Lisa Shendge (Golders Green Quaker Meeting)
Rabbi Dov Kaplan (Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue)
Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence (Senior Rabbi, Finchley United Synagogue)
Rabbi Josh Levy (Rabbinic Partner, North Western Reform Synagogue (Alyth Synagogue))
Rabbi Judith Levitt
Rabbi Mark Goldsmith (North Western Reform Synagogue (Alyth Synagogue))
Rabbi Rebecca Birk (Finchley Progressive Synagogue)
Rabbi Sam Fromson (Acting Rabbi, Golders Green United Synagogue)
Rabbi Steven Katz (Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue)
Ravinder Singh (Sikh)
Revd Michael Giles (Superintendent Minister, Barnet and Queensbury Methodist Circuit)
Revd Alan Walker (St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb)
Revd David Newton (Hendon Methodist Church)
Revd Dr Julia Candy (Priest in Charge, St John’s, West Hendon and St Peter’s, Cricklewood)
Revd Gregory Platten (All Saints Friern Barnet)
Revd Ian Tutton (Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church)
Revd Philip Davison (Rector of St Mary-at-Finchley)
Revd Rex Morton (Golders Green Parish Church)
Revd Robin Sims-Williams (Priest in Charge, All Saints’ Child’s Hill)
Revd Sally Bateman (Trinity (Methodist/United Reformed) Church Golders Green)
Revd Sally Dryden (Golders Green Parish Church)
Revd Shaun Sanders (Hendon Methodist Church)
Revd Vasileios Papathanasiou (Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Cross and St Michael)
Steven Derby (Director, Interfaith Matters)
The application to demolish the House and erect 5 houses and 38 flats has been turned down by the LB Barnet’s Planning Committee. This is the second application to be rejected. If nothing else it shows the fairness of the planning process, so far.
But the proposed large development of 132 new homes on the green space on the Granville Estate (rejected last year by Barnet Council) has been appealed by the developer and goes to Public Inquiry on June 28th. None of these homes are for social housing. To help stop them winning this appeal and to keep our green spaces please log on to the government supported Crowd Funding site for legal fees www.crowdjustice.co.uk/case/granville and pledge even a small sum.
More than £2,700 has been raised to date but the target is £5,000 to pay the legal team. The Crowd Fund closes in 16 days so please hurry. Alternatively put a pledge in an envelope headed Granville inquiry with you name and contact details and give it to Fr. Wainwright
8am Said Eucharist
10am Parish Eucharist
Every Sunday at 10am in Church Hall (not during school holidays). The children’s activities take place in the Church hall and then they join the Church Service for a blessing. Under 3-years-olds must be accompanied.