“Every night is different!” says Paul Rendell.
He’s a director of Street Presence – a team of people who, between 10 and 4 each weekend night, are out and about in Norwich, offering support in whatever ways are needed. “Jesus was there for everybody,” he explains, “so we try to be too.” It might be someone who’s missed the last bus home, or someone deeply disturbed, even suicidal.
Whatever the issue, Street Presence is committed to sustainable solutions, linking up with the NHS and multiple other agencies, both statutory and charitable. Updates about that night’s encounters are continually fed back to other members of the team whose job is to pray about whatever is going on. Paul welcomes our prayers too: “Please pray that we might assist the vulnerable as professionally and effectively as possible,” he says. “And do visit our charity shop at 7a Castle Meadow!”
This article is from...
Articles in this issue...
“Pray for me … that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making, and that I may faithfully serve him and you, all the days of my life.More
I asked Phil Courtier, Director for South Norfolk and Broadland District Councils, how we should pray for people like him – our local leaders and civic workers – as they help to shape the places in which we live.More
Praying for Secondary School students
George is a GCSE student in a large school.More
Set free to hear Christ
“I’m often too proud to admit that I need the concrete challenge and accountability of a wise mentor, with whom the landscape of the soul can be traversed and surveyed,” says The Revd Taylor Wilton-Morgan, Assistant Curate, United Benefice of St Benedict.More
Baby Basics – journeying with families
“Today we gifted a new Moses basket to a Mummy, and her unborn baby, knowing she has very little, if anything, to provide the essentials needed,” says Baby Basics Coordinator Maggie Anderson.More
Sapling signs of hope
Ecology student Ben Knights first set eyes on the hazel saplings while on placement in the Bishop’s Garden.More
Bringing hope and healing
“I love my job, there are so many positives” says Eve Hart, manager of the Great Yarmouth team for The Matthew Project, “Unity” (young people’s drug and alcohol service).More
School’s journey to Easter
“The last two Lents have been difficult,” explains John Neenan, the head teacher of St Michael’s CofE VA Primary School in Aylsham, “so we planned something special this year for our Lenten journey to Easter.”More
Praying towards Pentecost
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ (TKC) focuses on spiritual transformation by being empowered to share Jesus’ message and praying for five friends to find faith in Christ.More
As a teenager, Rachel Seabrook belonged to a supportive youth group full of people who loved to talk about Jesus and pray for one another.More