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 Training - Faith Guiding Course Autumn 2016

Faith Guiding courses Autumn 2016

Birmingham Sparkhill, at the Faithful Neighbourhood Centre, Court Rd B11 4LX
        Thursdays 6 - 9pm, 15 Sept - 8 Dec 2016

The Birmingham course is now in progress, but applications can be made to the Smethwick course

Smethwick. At the Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA
        Tuesdays 6 -9 pm, starting 15th Nov 2016.

Apply to community@smethwickcan.org by Nov 8th.

Contact Ruth Tetlow 0121 449 4892 ruthtetlow@btinternet.com for further information

What is this course usually for? Have you ever taken a person or a group of people of a different faith, around your place of worship?

The Faith Encounter Programme trains people of all faiths in the West Midlands as Faith Guides, so that places of worship can offer high quality educational visits.

Our course provides the opportunity:

    - To get to know people of different faiths
    - Gain an accredited qualification as a Faith Guide
    - Enhance your presentation skills and gain an Institute of Tourist Guiding   Certificate (Level 2)

Who is a faith guide?
 Someone trained to lead a high quality educational visit to their own place of worship – it could be you !

There are so many beautiful sacred buildings in the West Midlands – and they are visited by thousands of school children, students and adults every year.

With a trained Faith Guide these visits are inspiring and fascinating experiences, benefitting the hosts as well as the visitors and building good relationships in the local community.

Over 120 people of 8 different faiths have successfully completed the course so far. If you belong to one of the following traditions, you are welcome to apply: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim or Sikh.

Other traditions are not excluded if there is an interesting place of worship to visit e.g. Quaker Meeting House.

The course is a 12 week evening course, including 4 visits to places of worship of different faiths. Teaching methods are practical and interactive.


The Faith Guiding course has been developed by the Faith Encounter Programme in Birmingham since 2007. The Faith Encounter Programme is a small but experienced charity that aims to build respect and mutual understanding between people of all faiths and communities in the region. It is managed by a voluntary Steering Group composed of leading members of the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faiths.

It is currently supported by the Westhill Endowment, as well as Birmingham SACRE.

A report is available giving a full evaluation of the first Faith Guiding course. It would be of interest if you are thinking of developing a similar venture.
Email the co-ordinator if you would like a copy.

To e-mail the co-ordinator, Mrs. Ruth Tetlow please visit our contact us page or use the following e-mail address: ruthtetlow@btinternet.com.

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