Rajinder Singh is a young man going places. He displayed musical and academic talent at a young age. A prolific player of tabla and harmonium, he is also comfortable strumming the strings of a guitar. An indispensable musician at Sikh prayer meeting, he enthrals congregations with his delightful and soothing voice.
Not to be outdone on the academic scene, he just achieved his law degree at Northampton University. A man not content to sit on his laurels, he is currently in the process of enrolling on a masters degree in law.
Rajinder, the world is your oyster. As the Nike advert says, 'Just Do It'.
People are sometimes reluctant to use the word 'colourful' to describe a religious ceremony for fear that it may convey connotations of frivolity or merrymaking. The contrary thought is if worshippers enjoy the ceremony (find it fulfilling) and recognise that colour can be used to express religious ideas and feelings then the ceremony can be referred to as being colourful.
The Sunday Divan held on 14 April 2013 last was well attended and provided the Sangat (congregation) a rich and colourful experience of Vaisakhi.
Vaisakhi is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar. It is the Sikh New Year festival and is celebrated on April 13 or 14. It also commemorates 1699, the year Sikhi was born as a collective faith.
In 1699 the tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh, chose Vaisakhi as the occasion to transform the Sikhs into a family of soldier saints, known as the Khalsa Panth.
Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa in the presence of thousands at Anandpur Sahib. The men were baptised as the Khalsa by the Guru. He sprinkled them with Amrit, the Sikh term for holy water, and said prayers.
Guru Manyo Granth Sikh Centre will celebrate the occasion on Sunday, 14 April 2013. Please see the attached flyer for programme details.
The Cherwell School is the main comprehensive school for North Oxford. It is a split site school on the Marston Ferry Road in Oxford. Its current student population is 1,700.
Recently the school asked Guru Manyo Granth Sikh Centre to run a two hour session on Sikhi for a class of 12-year-olds. Harkirat Singh from Northampton presented the two-hour lecture on Thursday, 20 September 2012.
The students were keen to learn about the Sikh religion and they showed a great deal of maturity in the types of questions they asked.
Further such sessions are under discussion with other schools in Oxfordshire.
Davinder Ghatora presenting a copy of the Hukamnama to Karanjeet and Liam
Monday, 18 June 2012 was an important day in the lives of Karanjeet and Liam because it was on that date their daughter Léontine Ishwar June-Ting Giet entered the world.
In line with Guru Manyo Granth Sikh Centre's practice, Davinder Ghatora presented the proud parents with a framed copy of the Hukamnama issued on the day of Leontine's birth.
The Sangat wished the baby and her parents well for the future.
Guru Manyo Granth Sikh Centre (GMGSC) has chalked up yet another training collaboration. This time it is with T2, an arm of Style Acre, a charity that specialises in providing training for adults with learning disabilities.
The T2 Work Club, based at 5 Abingdon Road, Didcot, was launched on Tuesday, 7 August 2012. Representatives from MENSA, Style Acre, GMGSC, Job Centre Plus and the local community discussed the training programme in an informal setting.
GMGSC is proud to be involved in a number of community training programmes designed to provide public benefit to the community at large regardless of religion, gender, race, age, sexual orientation or background.
Further training collaborations will be announced at the appropriate time.
Report and Accounts Cover
Like any registered charity in the United Kingdom, Guru Manyo Granth Sikh Centre (GMGSC) is required by law to submit its annual report and accounts to The Charity Commission.
The annual report and accounts does not necessarily cover the financial or calendar year. The annual start and end dates are generally determined when a charity was registered and what accounting period it chose at the time.
The annual report and accounts just submitted covers the period to 30 September 2011. The charity had until 30 September 2012 to submit its documents.
In its annual report and accounts, GMGSC is proud to announce the tremendous progress it has made since its inception in 2011. It is through a spirit of self-service and togetherness, in which an individual is subordinate to the public service we provide, that our record stands.
There is a lot of truth in Pat Riley's quotation: "There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength."
We look forward to the challenge of the next year with drive, commitment and sense of purpose.
The Sangat at Guru Manyo Granth Sikh Centre send their warm congratulations to Karanjeet Kaur and Liam on the birth of their daughter, who was born in New York on 18 June 2012. Both mother and daughter are doing well. Our congratulations also go to the two sets of grandparents and their respective families.
We very much look forward to the return of Karanjeet and the baby to Oxford.