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As a church we believe in serving our community. These are some of the projects we are involved in:

Chesterfield Street Pastors

We are really excited that this project has now become a reality. Having seen the success of street pastor teams in other parts of the country and being enthusiastically encouraged by local government and police we now have a team of street pastors in Chesterfield. One of the requirements of the Ascension Trust before licensing a team is that churches must agree to work together. This has not been a problem as there has been no shortage of enthusiasm and support from the local churches.

We have been involved from the start as Dave chairs both Christians Together for Chesterfield (CtfC) and the Management Team of Street Pastors. More recently Jacky has been appointed as Admin Co-ordinator to the Street Pastors and works part time in the Community Safety Partnership office in Chesterfield Town Hall. We are also rightly proud of our three faithful Street Pastors who are now patrolling regularly once a month.

The Street Pastors work in teams and one or two teams are on duty each Saturday night 22.00 to 04.00. Their role is to support the police working closely with them, club security staff and CCTV. The well-trained Street Pastors may be able to intervene to stop an argument becoming a brawl, saving valuable police time. They are on the look out for the lost and the vulnerable who are at risk. They offer practical help, for example flip-flops to girls whose killer heels are living up to their name, basic first aid and assistance in getting safely home. They are also well informed as to the help that is available for the homeless or those who are trapped by addiction.

The Street Pastors are a practical expression of the church serving our community at it’s point of need. Already official local government and police reports are recognising that the Street Pastors have contributed to the 50% fall in reported crime in Chesterfield on a Saturday night compared to this time last year. Both partners are keen to extend the ways in which they work with the Church in Chesterfield to make our community a safer place to live.

Adullam Homes

We were approached by the Adullam Homes to give pastoral support to the young people that they house. Many of these young people have been in the care system all of their lives and arriving at the grand old age of sixteen are expected to fend for themselves. Adullam provides help in this transition with accommodation and trained support workers. Often the young people arrive and their only possessions are the clothes they are standing in. We can provide support to alleviate that problem.

We provide starter packs for each new arrival which consist of the basics they will need …toilet rolls, tooth brush, soap, washing up liquid, cleaning products, etc. and of course you’re not at home until you've had your first cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit or two. These kits have been very well received and they certainly meet a need. We are thrilled that one young man has come to Christ through the Alpha course.

Night Shelter

There is considerable concern that there is nowhere for the homeless to get shelter in Chesterfield. The authorities have to prioritise because of limited resources and that often means that there was no help to be had. Thankfully the churches have worked together with other specialist charities to make this a reality again this year for the coldest winter months.