Inter Faith Week kicked off in a frenzy of activity with over 800 Scouts and Guides taking advantage of the Young People’s Inter Faith Trail. The trail, organised by the St Philip’s Centre, saw six places of faith and New Walk Museum Leicester open their doors to young people curious to learn what lay within.
With seven centres to visit and explore, there was something for everyone. The ISKCON Centre entertained with a variety of activities including musical meditation and sweet rolling; while Guru Nanak Gurdwara offered ‘Langar’ to the hungry trail followers around lunch time. New Walk Museum offered the opportunity to further explore many religious artefacts amongst its collections.
Central Mosque provided the opportunity to take in the huge space the main prayer hall has to offer. Many of the younger visitors were fascinated by the decorative tiles and Islamic script decorating the walls. However the Jain Centre left all those who took part in the trail awestruck by its impressive décor and beautiful statues.
There was also the chance to explore Leicester Cathedral and see where King Richard III will be reburied in March 2015. While the Salvation Army introduced the travellers to their rich history of social action and community projects. Some lucky visitors were even invited to play the drums.
Kameron Ram, 98th Leicester and Ryan Haughton, 1st Bowdens really enjoyed their day on the trail. Kameron enjoyed going around with his friend Timmy. “The Sikh Temple [Gurdwara] was my favourite, it was nice. I really enjoyed the drums at the Salvation Army”. Ryan liked exploring the city “I liked going to new places. My favourite place was New Walk Museum. There are loads of artefacts and information to see.”
It wasn’t just the young people who enjoyed the day. Leicestershire Scouts Facebook Group was full of positive comments summarising highlights from the day. Binita Patel posted “This was a great day…Leicester Scouts of all backgrounds/cultures visiting each other’s places of worship/faith and learning about each other’s cultures.” While Liz Young is already planning for next year! “It was great and I’m really hoping it runs again next year; already planning the building up for Beavers/Cubs!”
Every centre was very welcoming and a huge thank you must be said to all the volunteers who opened the doors to allow all the young people to visit and ask questions. Thank you to the St Philip’s Centre for co-ordinating the day.
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