Peace and Friendship abounded in Worcester on Saturday 9 December, at an event organised by St Martin’s Church, London Road, in association with Worcester Mosque and the Rotary Club of Worcester South. People from the local community were invited to the Christmas Peace and Friendship Party - an opportunity for neighbours to meet and share food together.

This is the third year that the event has been held in St Martin's Parish Centre, and the timing was perfect for the new Team Rector of St Martin’s, the Revd Rob Farmer, who had been in post for just six days.

He said: 

“It was wonderful to have this time of fellowship with those who came. Many friendships were strengthened, and for me, as a new person in town, some really good contacts have been made. I look forward to this new interfaith relationship and discovering how, together, we can improve and nurture the lives of all who live in our community.”

The event started with a bring and share lunch while children were invited to make a Christmas decoration for a Peace and Friendship Tree in Church - part of the St Martin’s Christmas Tree Festival, which is open every day until 6 January.

After lunch, many families from the Muslim community enjoyed looking round the Church and admiring the Christmas trees. One of the organisers of the event, Councillor Jabba Riaz, said: 

"It was a pleasure to be a part of it and to meet the congregation of St Martins’ who are always warm, friendly and helpful. We are blessed to live in a wonderful City, where we enjoy a peaceful co-existence and where mutual respect for values and beliefs exist. It is a mercy and blessing of the Almighty that we enjoy this in relative safety."

Picture courtesy of the Worcester News.