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Bradford Faith Trail returns this August

The Bradford Faith Trail is back this August with five fascinating places of worship to tour.

The Bradford Faith Trail offers a unique opportunity to discover a little bit about Hindu, Sikh and Muslim, and Christian (Roman Catholic and Church of England) faith buildings.

The opening trail is on Saturday 7 August, the first in-person tour since October 2019. Due to the global pandemic, the tours last year wear replaced with videos of the places of worship instead.

The tour which first started in 2010 was created to encourage people within Bradford to learn about the different faiths practised within the city and how they link into Bradford’s local community culture and faith heritage.

Maggie Myers, director of education and visitors at Bradford Cathedral, says: “The Bradford Faith Trail is a unique opportunity to experience different faiths and learn a little about their history and practices. It’s a great day for people of all faiths and none to learn more about the thriving faith communities all around them in Bradford.”

The Faith Trail takes place on the first Saturday of the month from March-October and can be walked on foot in a day. The whole trail starts at 10am at St Peter’s Catholic Church and finishes at approx 3:45pm at Bradford Cathedral.

Visitors must dress modestly and remove shoes at the Masjid, temple, and Gurdwara. A headscarf is needed at the Gurdwara and people are encouraged to bring their own, but there are a number of spares to borrow at reception if necessary.

The Faith Trail is just a one-mile stroll down Leeds Road in Bradford city with one steep downhill section of the walk.

The stops on the trail are:

10am: St. Peter’s Catholic Church

651 Leeds Road, Bradford, BD3 8EL

St Peter’s Catholic Church.

St Peter’s Catholic Church traces its roots back to the One Church established by Jesus in the 1st century AD.

Christianity came to Britain during its Roman occupation almost two thousand years ago, and to Bradford as early as the 7th century. There have been Christians living and praying in Bradford ever since.

The Reformation in the 16th century divided the church, and the ancestors of those now worshipping at St Peter’s became known as ‘Roman Catholics’ to distinguish them from the ‘Church of England’.

11:15am: Abu Bakar Masjid

38 Steadman Terrace, Bradford, BD3 9NB

Abu Bakar Masjid.

Abu Bakar Masjid originated in a local terraced house around 40 years ago, but the community realised that there was an ever-growing population of worshippers and worked hard to raise over a million pounds to create a brand new purpose-built Masjid into which they moved in 2000.

The Masjid has a regular congregation of around three hundred worshippers, increasing to over two thousand for the main prayer of the week on Fridays. They also have regular education programmes, some aimed specifically at young people, with all speeches and presentations in English.

12:15pm: Shree Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple

321-342 Leeds Road, Bradford BD3 9LS

Shree Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple.

Opened by the Queen in 2007, the Shree Lakshmi Narayan Temple in Bradford was built using Yorkshire stone. The white marble in the Shrine room was taken from the same quarry as the Taj Mahal’s.

The temple houses the main Shrine room, a day centre for the elderly, classrooms, communal kitchen and dining facilities, offices and an apartment for the resident priest and his family.

The shrine was carved by expert stonemasons who were flown in from India to undertake this major project, although the builders and architects used were local. The congregation that prays here comes from all over the North of England.

1:15pm: Guru Gobind Singh Ji Gurdwara

Off Leeds Roads, Bradford BD3 9JN.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji Gurdwara.

Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara Sahib Ji, Gobind Marg is the first purpose-built Gurdwara in Bradford and the UK and was opened for service on 29th March 1964.

The Gurdwara, which means the house of God, is the Sikh place of spiritual worship and a religious cultural learning centre for the young as well as the old.

Detailed guidance is given in the Holy Sikh Scripture called Guru Granth Sahib, which is treated as a living Guru, about how to conduct one’s life so that peace and salvation can be obtained. Sikhism is a monotheistic belief in ‘One God’. Remembering the name of the creator at all times, honest living and sharing with the needy are the basic tenets.

A langar (vegetarian lunch) is provided by members of the Sikh community. Visitors who wish to make a donation to the gurdwara can do so through the collection box at the front of the Diwan (main worship) hall, which we will be visiting before the langar.

2:45pm: Bradford Cathedral 

1 Stott Hill, Bradford BD1 4EH

Bradford Cathedral.

This ancient site on the hillside has been a place of Christian worship for nearly 1400 years,
achieving Cathedral status in 1919.

The present church dates from 1458 but includes elements from a previous 13th-century church and even older fragments. It tells two stories: the Christian story, dating back to the seventh century, and the story of Bradford.

Tucked away in the centre of the city, in its peaceful garden setting, it is a jewel worth discovering. It is also alive with music, the arts, education and hospitality.

Its community expresses a vibrant faith and active service, arising from the prayer and worship that are at the heart of Christian life.

The trails will be on:

  • Saturday 7th August
  • Saturday 4th September
  • Saturday 2nd October

There are no entry charges but booking is essential. Booking is essential. For more
information or to book a place please email education@bradfordcathedral.org or call 01274 777720.

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