Caring, Listening, Helping
As part of Churches Together in Hoddesdon, Broxbourne and Wormley, we are involved with Street Pastors – an inter-denominational church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue.
Street Pastors began in London in 2003, pioneered by Rev Les Isaac, Director of the Ascension Trust, and has seen some remarkable results, including drops in crime in areas where teams have been working. There are now some 9,000 trained volunteers in around 250 teams across the United Kingdom.
Each Street Pastors project is set up and supported by the Ascension Trust and run by a local coordinator, local churches and community groups. Street Pastors operate in partnership with the Police, local Council and other statutory agencies. Nigel De Rivaz from Life Church en11 is the coordinator of the Street Pastors Team in Hoddesdon. Currently they patrol once a month, usually on a Friday night, across the borough of Broxbourne seeking to help those they come across.
Want to get involved?
If you would like to be part of the Street Pastors initiative, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Nigel De Rivaz at nigel(at)elimlifechurch.org. To be eligible you will need to have attended a local church for at least one year. Full training is provided for those wishing to become Street Pastors.
> Find out more by visiting the Street Pastors website.