Inter Faith Week 2020 : 8-15 Nov


Inter Faith Week 2020 will take place from Sunday 8 – Sunday 15 November.

Inter Faith Week’s aims are to:

  • Strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels
  • Increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society
  • Increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs.

Video: A webinar for inter faith organisations (local, regional and national) about preparing for Inter Faith Week 2020

Below you can watch the recording of the first in a series of webinars about planning and preparing for Inter Faith Week 2020. The webinar was held by the Inter Faith Network for the UK (IFN) on 29 July 2020.


  • ‘Some introductory reflections’ from Narendra Waghela, IFN Co-Chair and member of Leicester Council of Faiths
  • ‘Widening involvement – and being open to honest interaction’ by Kaneez Khan, Near Neighbours West Yorkshire
  • ‘Inter Faith Week – some practical pointers and ideas for this 2020 Week at a time of COVID-19’ by Dr David Hampshire, IFN Assistant Director
  • ‘Physical or virtual – some considerations’ by Yogesh Joshi, Watford Inter Faith Association Vice Chair
  • ‘On the virtual road – creating a successful online inter faith walk’ by Penny Faust, member and former Chair of Oxford Council of Faiths; Chair of the annual Oxford Interfaith Friendship Walk; and Co-President of Oxford Jewish Congregation 
  • ‘Voices of hope’ by The Revd Richard Martin, Chair of North Kent Inter Faith Relations Council
  • ‘Closing reflections’ from Ed Petersen, Chair of Northern Ireland Inter Faith Forum
  • ‘Closing reflections’ from Dr Harriet Crabtree, IFN Executive Director 

Facilitated by Ashley Beck, Inter Faith Development Officer, IFN.

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Ability Sunday : 13 Sep

Ability Sunday invites churches across the UK to host a special day of inclusion and participation in their community, with special consideration for the needs of disabled people. We also encourage individuals to explore alternative ways to take part in Ability Sunday from home.

Livability works with churches, supporting them to be more welcoming, inclusive and enable meaningful participation of disabled people in church life. Ability Sunday is a day of reflection and celebration of everyone’s unique gifts.

Follow the links below to find out more, including how you can get involved:

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World Suicide Prevention Day: 10 Sep, Truro

Those who have been affected by suicide are invited to drop in to Truro Cathedral for a moment of quiet reflection or to light a candle in memory of someone who has died.

It is not possible this year, due to Covid-19, to hold the annual service for people affected by suicide. Instead, the Suicide Liaison Service has been invited to provide an opportunity at Truro Cathedral on World Suicide Prevention Day to invite those who are impacted by suicide to visit for a quiet moment of reflection, light a candle, or talk with a member of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Chaplaincy Team, or the Suicide Liaison Service, or a cathedral Chaplain – all who will be available at times throughout the day.
We very much look forward to seeing you on the 10th. All are welcome, of all faiths or none.

If you are not able to visit the cathedral, you can light a virtual candle in remembrance by clicking the ‘Light a Virtual Candle’ link on the homepage of the cathedral’s website:


Cornwall: Caritas Plymouth


To express Christian love for all people through the practical service of those in need, of all faiths and none, by:

  • Increasing support to those in need
  • Increasing volunteering and befriending
  • Making a greater contribution to the common good of society
  • Enhancing education and formation within the Christian community, helping people appreciate the importance of sharing, respect, and love in the spirit of the Gospel.

The Caritas Plymouth network is a confederation of local Catholic charities and parishes. The network will provide mutual support, strategic direction, and added value. It will also develop social action projects which address local need or unite parishes for the common good of society.

Update on the Coronavirus Pandemic

Caritas Plymouth continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the people we help, staff and volunteers while continuing to share ideas about how we can best support those in need.

This page contains guidance for parishes on responding to the Coronavirus. This incorporates material from CSAN and SVP as well as offering details of organisations which are giving grants to local projects at this time.  We are also sharing examples of how our parishes and schools have responded to the new needs generated by the pandemic through updates and newsletters.

To contact Caritas Plymouth please use the contact form on the website

Cornwall: Acts 435

Acts 435 is a revolutionary website that allows people to give money directly to others. 100% of what is donated via Acts 435 goes directly to those in need. If you GiftAid your donation, it helps towards the running costs of the charity.

When so many people need so much help, giving can sometimes feel hit and miss, and choosing between charities can be hard. Acts 435 puts people who can give in touch with people who are in need with the Church as the physical, face-to-face forum to enable virtual, online giving.

Acts 435 runs through a network of churches and charities that are recruited directly and through key partners like Christians Against Poverty and Trussell Trust. They appoint an Acts 435 representative, called the Advocate, who is trained by Acts 435 and then posts requests directly onto our website for people in their community who are in need.

100% of donor funds go directly to the person or people donors choose to support. All administration costs are covered by Gift Aid. Acts 435 provides direct giving and seeks to provide fast, financial help to the people in need. Advocates have an opportunity to send thank you messages to the donors who gave to the requests they posted, explaining how their gift made a difference to the beneficiary.

You can give to Acts 435 in other ways including Charities Aid Foundation and Stewardship (see right hand column of our Give Now page) but we encourage donors to visit our website and choose the requests they particularly want to support to provide the direct people-to-people giving that characterises our model.

Visit for the current list of Acts 435 partners in Cornwall, which includes:

All Saints Church Highertown, Truro

Cornwall Deaf Church, Camborne

Highway Church (Penryn and Falmouth  only), Penryn

Light and Life Church, Bodmin

Liskeard Parochial Church Council, Liskeard

St Luke’s, Boscoppa, St Austell

St. Peter’s Church , Mevagissey

Transformation CPR, Camborne

Wadebridge Foodbank, Wadebridge

ACTS 435, The Gateway Centre, Acomb, York, YO24 3BZ
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The Gathering for Racial Justice : 3 Jul, London

The President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, and ministers of colour are calling on all Ministers and Believers of goodwill to join the Ministers of Colour to protest against racial injustices in our society. On Friday 3rd July 2020 we want everyone to arrive at 12 noon.

Christian Ministers from across the country will be gathering in Parliament Square to press the government to implement the over 200 recommendations regarding racial equality made by successive governments.

This is a peaceful demonstration by Christians and is supported by several denominations and movements, we respectfully ask that there be no defacing of statues or any kind of violence.
We recognise that all human beings are made in the image of God, we therefore recognise that at this time the issue of racial inequality is being highlighted and want to stand with all those who have suffered it in our nation. We want to stand with the younger generations who have bravely been making their voice heard on this issue, and we publicly thank the millennials and Generation Z for raising their voices. We wish to stand with them for racial justice.

As in the example of the parable of the 99 sheep and the one who goes missing, we recognise that now is a time to focus on the one sheep that is hurting and needs help (Luke 15: 3).
We are protesting against Parliaments failure to act on the recommendations for change that have already been highlighted by successive governments.

Organising Team
Rev Yinka Oyekan – President Baptist Union of Great Britain (Reading)
Rev Alex Afriyie – Chair of Directors of the London Baptist Association (London)
Rev David Ellis – Heart of England Baptist Association
Bishop Mike Royal – Co CEO Cinnamon Network UK / Apostolic Pastoral Congress (Birmingham)
Rev Comfort Adejoh Pastor at Salem international Christian center Edinburgh (Edinburgh)

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End Hunger Cornwall

End Hunger Cornwall – working with the Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum and End Hunger UK to promote awareness and provide positive input in helping to end the very real problem of food poverty withi Cornwall.

Promoting awareness of issues surrounding Food Poverty throughout Cornwall and facilitating positive change to support people away from Food Insecurity.

Andrew Howell writes:

Around eighteen months ago I started doing some voluntary work for the long established Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum who were keen to look at looking into the issue of food insecurity and food poverty throughout Cornwall. It didn’t take very long to see from the immediate evidence that the issue was much more significant than we had ever realised. Given that we had been working with poverty and social inclusion for over twenty five years and the fact that even we found the data completely staggering, it was clear that something needed to be done.

Niall Cooper had visited Cornwall in 2017 giving a presentation about End Hunger and we felt that it was a fantastic campaign to align ourselves with. It goes straight to the heart of the core issues and works hard to question those at the highest level about why hunger is allowed to persist and grow in this apparently wealthy economy. However, we also realised that Cornwall has very many unique challenges due to it’s geography, demographic and severe poverty (areas of Cornwall are constantly in the top three poorest areas in Europe). The challenges we face here are very different to those in London, Manchester, Birmingham, etc.. End Hunger UK has given us the voice to put our specific case forward at the highest level and, following the initial success of our campaign, has been very supportive of the setting up of End Hunger Cornwall.

After a fantastic launch conference in Nov 2019 (read the report here), we will continue to work to compliment End Hunger UK by challenging those who can make the difference to actually do so. It is a big ask, but together we will continue Acting Now to End Hunger in the UK.

Andrew Howell

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St Petrocs

Our ambition is to end street homelessness in Cornwall

St Petrocs was founded over 30 years ago on the principle that everyone should have a place to call home, where they would be safe, secure and able to contribute to their community

We provide accommodation, support, advice, training and resettlement services to single homeless people in Cornwall.

We strive to provide the best quality of service possible to those people, aged 16–65, who find themselves homeless and for whom no provision is made within the community, either statutory or otherwise.

Our services

Outreach: St Petrocs operates an outreach service, where our staff find and engage with rough sleepers across the length and breadth of Cornwall.

Accommodation: Providing somewhere to call “home” is an essential first step for those who are homeless. St Petrocs provide supported and move-on accommodation, as well as hospital discharge and early intervention services.

Resource Centres: Our Resource Centres offer advice and support services as well as access to a wide range of facilities including showers, toilets, food, clothing, bedding, laundry and storage, and activities that actively promote health and well being.

Health and Recovery: Addressing health and recovery is often key to supporting people who are engaging with our services. We provide a Health for Homeless GP clinic in both our centres in Truro and Penzance, and Freshfield is our drug and alcohol counselling and helpline service.

Support UsDonate : Fundraise : Events  : Business Supporters  : Volunteer  :  Campaigns

St Petrocs, Lander House, 5 Upper Lemon Villas, Truro, TR1 2PD
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Who may use the service?
Single homeless people

Environment Champions 4 : 14 or 22 Aug, ONLINE

Open to all in the Diocese of Truro

A place to air your views, hear the latest and share activity in your Parish. EC3 feedback; enormously encouraging, mightily put together!

The most important thing to do when growing alongside this life changing topic, is to be able to air your views, work things through and have a safe place to do that. Here it is. With General Synod voting to go Carbon Neutral by 2030, ALL are encouraged to attend these bi-monthly events (the frequency has been chosen by current Env Champs), held by Luci Isaacson, Diocesan Enviornment Officer. Some think they have to be asked, or have to be appointed to come, you don’t, if you go to Church, you are warmly invited. ALL are at risk; we have ways to prepare, ALL have an opportunity; we have pathways to follow to lessen the problem but enjoy a different way of life and ALL need to work things through; we welcome you.

NOTE: To catch up, before you attend, please give time (1hr 22) to watch Env Champ 3, that gives you the foundation you need to go forward.

EARLY BOOKERS will have names put on the ENV CHAMP BEAVER FIELD TRIP list, for when it is safe to attend!

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Draw Back Your Curtains for the Children : 15 Jun, AT HOME

We have made a commitment to continue to pray especially for children on the 15th of each month during the pandemic. Please will you join us on 15th June?
Please pray for children’s physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Pray for their home life and the impact of school closures, many not having any contact with other children. Pray also that children will still have opportunities to encounter Jesus during these challenging days.
Let’s join together to pray blessings upon children in the name that is above all names.

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