Faith News: Diwali is next in the religious calendar

Diwali celebrations
Diwali celebrations

The latest news from faith groups in your area.

Coffee morning and a reunion means a busy time at All Saints, Berkhamsted

All Saints Action for Children Support Group held a coffee morning on Thursday, October 2, which raised £210 for the charity.

Hostess Audrey Cox had another busy weekend when a reunion of the members of the youth fellowship she founded at the church 35 years ago was held on Saturday, October 11.

There was an opportunity to renew old friendships over a shared meal, and people from all over the country arrived for the occasion.

Book your tables for St Barnabas’ Christmas Fair

On Saturday, November 8, St Barnabas Church in Queen’s Square, Adeyfield is holding a Christmas Craft Fair.

There will be a range of crafts, tombola, and refreshments.

If you would like a table, please call 01442 217366 to book or email stb_preschool@aol.co.uk

Tables are £10 for a large or £7 for a small size.

Faith calendar: Hindu festival of Diwali

Diwali – also known as the festival of lights – is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year.

This year, it begins next Thursday, October 23.

The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five day period, preceded by the cleaning, renovation or decoration of their homes.

On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfits and light up diyas – lamps and candles – inside and outside their homes.

Christian viewpoint:

My father, together with countless servicemen, faced danger and death in World War 1. Going over the top from the trenches, they knew that their life could be snuffed out as one does a candle. My father trusted God and believed in Jesus as the one who died to save him from the consequences of sin, but also, was the one who would be with him in all situations . When death was an imminent possibility he trusted God that his soul would be safe in heaven. It raises the question for all of us : ‘How will we face death and eternity?’ Are you ready and certain that all will be well? If not, trust Jesus today. He died for you to make eternal lifein heaven possible. Don’t delay. No one knows how many days they have left.

John Young, Wigginton

Oh ye of little faith!

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