Quick plan activities
This page has been developed specifically for people who have decided they’d like to mark Inter Faith Week, but don’t have a lot of time to plan an activity.
The ideas on this page are all designed to be run with very little planning time, and to last for about an hour so that they can be fit into a lunch break if necessary. They can, of course, be adapted and expanded if you like, and links to more detailed ideas are also included.
In our daily life, we will all encounter people of other backgrounds. They might be family members, friends, work colleagues, neighbours or parents of our children’s friends. Given that time is tight, we suggest you start with someone you know for these activities, at least a little.
- Let's Talk - quick dialogue/ conversation activity
- Let's Play - quick sport or exercise activity
- Let's Bake - share a special Inter Faith Week cake (or cakes!)
The idea here is simple - get together with a small group of people of different faith and belief backgrounds, and have a conversation. You could do this over a cup of tea (or whatever you like to drink), but the main thing is to ensure everyone is comfortable. Some possible topics for conversation are included above.
If you would like more information about planning a dialogue activity, check out the Inter Faith Network for the UK's free publication Let's Talk: Practical pointers for inter faith dialogue.
If you do take part, we would love it if you told us! Why not download a message card and post a selfie of you and your friends holding it using the #InterFaithWeek hashtag?
Sport, physical activity and exercise are great ways to bring people together! The idea here is to get together with a small group of people of different faith and belief backgrounds, and play together. You can do this in a very informal way, using 'jumpers for goalposts' in a local park or hall, or you could try to arrange a more structured activity or add a competition dimension. They key, though, is to have fun doing it!
If you would like more information about planning an inter faith activiy around sport or physical activity, check out the Inter Faith Network for the UK's web page here. It includes some ideas for different types of group (which can be adapted for other types of group, too). It also includes information about an event IFN held in partnership with Sporting Equals during last year's Inter Faith Week, and a link to download the report on that event.
If you do take part, we would love it if you told us! Why not take a selfie of your group or team and share it on social media using the #InterFaithWeek hashtag? Click here for information about our social media channels and downloadable 'message cards'.
Why not get together with some friends or workmates of different faith and belief backgrounds, and plan a day during Inter Faith Week where you will share an Inter Faith Week cake (or cakes!) together?
NB: Not everyone can eat everything - whether it is a faith-based dietary requirement, a decision based on beliefs or an allergy, it is important to ask people about their dietary needs. If you can't find a cake that will suit everyone, why not ask people to bring along a kind of cake they are able to eat? The Inter Faith Network for the UK has also produced a handy briefing note on Catering and faith-based dietary practice.
If you do take part, why not take a photo of your cake(s) and share them with us using the #InterFaithWeek hashtag?
Published 29 October 2018