The Interfaith Contact Group

The Brighton & Hove Interfaith Contact Group


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About The Interfaith Contact Group

 Prayers and Services Connecting our City

The Interfaith Contact Group (IFCG) connects people of different faith in shared experiences. These inspirational gatherings include our Friendship hour which takes place on most months and is an opportunity to come together to learn about different faiths and spend time in prayer and reflection together. Sometimes there is a theme and sometimes we reflect on disasters and other unhappy events around the world

Everyone is very welcome, do just come along

Friendship hour is taken in turns by different faiths and at different venues, usually the place of worship of those leading it. The dates and venues are sent out to those on our mailing list and are also posted on our website and facebook pages

Mostly Friendship Hour happens on the last Thursday of the month between 7-8pm but it can vary depending on availability of those leading it

Please see prayers and vigils page  for further details of Friendship hour and other prayer and vigil events.


The Interfaith Contact Group Annual General Meeting

We hold an Annual General Meeting to which all are welcome. We have a very short business meeting followed by a theme with speakers, a discussion and question and answer session. Following this we have a delicious tea

The AGM this year is Sunday April 16th 2.30pm at The Friends’ Meeting House Ship Street Brighton BN1 1AF. The theme this year is

How faith and spiritual communities support
migrants and refugees living in Brighton & Hove
Join us for a multi-faith discussion with
members of our faith and belief communities
an opportunity for questions and answers.
All are welcome.


























In May, during Dying Matters awareness week, we will be holding a day of events on May 10th at Brighton’s Unitarian Church.

More details to follow




















May 15th 2023  7-9 pm

At the Friends Meeting House in Brighton

Booking is now open for this special event – a talk by Zen Buddhist monastics including a Q&A session.    Everyone is welcome, of any faith or none

This group of eight Zen Buddhist monastics – four nuns and four monks – from Plum Village Monastery in France is coming to Brighton as part of a tour of the UK and Ireland throughout May and June.  You can find further information about the tour at .   This particular event is being organized by Pebbles Sangha (Brighton) and Walking in Peace Sangha (Lewes), both of which are part of Plum Village UK.  We practice mindfulness meditation in the tradition of the late Zen Master, the Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh.

For more information about the event and tickets go to .  Tickets are by donation.


























In late autumn we will be holding our annual interfaith service for the City of Brighton and Hove, which involves people of all faiths, ethnicities and ages in a moment of sacred connection and harmony.

Joining IFCG

If you would like to join the IFCG please contact our membership secretary. If you wish to become a friend, please write to our secretary.

Service of compassion

Last year, at the request of the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, the Interfaith Contact Group held a memorial Service at the Brighton Dome for over 500 citizens who tragically died in our City from Covid. The service was called ‘A Service of Compassion.’ A full version of this service is available. More recently, however, a 12 minute film, made by Sarah West featuring those that contributed to the service, and summarising its contribution was issued. We invite you to check out this very special film: A Short Film of The Day of Compassion.




Light in the Lockdown

The Covid 19 crisis has profoundly affected so many of us. Many faith groups have responded heroically even though the doors of their places of worship were closed during lockdown. Thanks to so many good, kind and diverse groups, many people across the City have been fed and nurtured, and the IFCG has sought to bring comfort with a weekly selection of prayers, poems and readings — Words of Connection.

All this and the growing awareness of the importance of spirit has been included in an inspired and compassionate documentary film entitled Light in the Lockdown, produced by the IFCG and created by the gifted ethical film-maker Sarah West of West Creative. We invite you to enjoy this film, and also share it as widely as possible with others. Thank you.

Please click the link below for more information on what the IFCG is and what it does:

IFCG Summary

IFCG Contact Details

Brighton & Hove Interfaith Contact Group

IFCG Chair – Peter Wells

IFCG Secretary – Sheila Boyer

IFCG Membership Secretary – David Selo