Over 300 people gathered in the Skylark Church, Chelmsford on Wednesday 18th July 2018 - celebrating 25 years of the Ascension Trust and 15 years of Street Pastors - More than 50 Street Pastors, School Pastors, Prayer, Rail or Response Pastors were commissioned from all over Essex. Gwyneth was commissioned as a Street Pastor. Street pastors are the church out in the streets - to listen, care and help. Pastor means Shepherd, and these people show the compassion that was in the heart of Jesus. This is interdenominational. One speaker, a response pastor, had been at the Grenfell Tower Fire. He spoke passionately of his experience there, both the harrowing effects on the people involved and the opportunity for the response pastors to be Jesus to them in their utter despair and distress. The emotion of the experience was obvious in his words. The main speaker was Rev Les Isaac who founded the Street Pastors in 2003, and was awarded an OBE for his work fostering community cohesion in his role as Head of the Ascension Trust, the umbrella organisation that oversees the work of the Street Pastors. His charismatic address to the congregation in Chelmsford was simply awesome as he challenged everyone to play their part in taking the church out on to the streets.
We pray for Gwyneth together with Judy and John who were commissioned as Street Pastors some years ago - all members of Christ Church URC Rayleigh. Each goes out in Southend-on-Sea on a Friday or Saturday night once or twice a month.