Members of Solihull Faiths Forum recently spent an evening sharing their faiths with Girl Guiding groups from across Solihull, in the first ‘Faiths for Fun’ event.
Brownies and Guides aged between seven and thirteen, had the unique opportunity to learn about minority faiths in the borough - Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism and the Baháʼí Faith.
The Solihull Faiths Forum brings together faith groups who are interested in fostering greater mutual understanding and friendship and engaging with the community.
The ‘Faiths for Fun’ event gave the Brownies and Guides the chance to learn about what makes these faiths unique. But just as importantly, it also focused on what unites religions, for example prayer and the desire to help those in need.
Pat Wilkinson, Chair of Solihull Faiths Forum said: “The event was an opportunity for the young people to gain an understanding about different faiths in a fun and informal setting. It was a chance to celebrate the borough’s diversity and promote a message of people of different faiths living in peace, unity and harmony.
“It’s the first time that the Solihull Faiths Forum has run such an event and we are really pleased that it was so well received. We hope to run more such events across the borough. All faiths represented on the forum will have an opportunity to take part in ‘Faiths for Fun’ over the coming months.”
Fiona Bubb, Solihull Guiding Leader said: “The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all the Brownies, Guides and volunteers. We are pleased that the first ‘Faiths for Fun’ event was held with our Guiding groups. It was a chance for the girls to learn about different faiths in our borough and have the opportunity to ask questions. The girls all received a certificate signed by members of the Faiths Forum and the knowledge they gained will contribute towards the ‘Know Myself’ and ‘Human Rights’ badges in the Guiding programme.”
One Guide commented: “It was really good. We learnt a lot and had fun finding out about other people’s religions.”
Solihull Council plays a key role in supporting the work of the Solihull Faiths Forum and has signed the national Faith Covenant agreeing to highlight the contribution to society by faith based organisations.