Last week Paul was in Boscombe to visit the Boscombe Angels for the 10th celebration. He presented certificates to long-serving volunteers and joined the team on patrol. Paul also met with Rosie from Big Church Day Out and Christine from FlyJesus. Back in Halifax Paul, in his role of Chair of Trustees for CICS (Christians in Calderdale Schools) hosted a Supporters Evening / Annual Meeting. A few weeks ago Paul was in Watford to speak at the Watford Street Angels / Town Centre Chaplaincy Annual Meeting and visited the Christian Resource Exhibition to catch up with friends.
The last 2 Saturday's have seen Paul and Jean visiting Street Angels projects - firstly in Barrow-in-Furness and then Blackpool. They met with the steering groups to offer advice and support and heard of plans for growth and development. They then joined the teams on patrol. In Blackpool they also met Jenny and Keith from Revelation Daze who wrote the song and produced the video 'He's Sending Angels'.
Paul was at Bishopthorpe Palace, the home of the Archbishop of York, for a day looking at Spring Harvest in Harrogate. The day was hosted by the Archbishop and was attended by key church leaders from across the North of England. We looked at how Spring Harvest can celebrate and resource the church in the North. For more details on the event in 2020 see here.
Paul was interviewed on Premier Christian Radio News Hour (and repeated in news bulletins) around a survey on kindness - he chatted #Do1NiceThing, the work of volunteers, the role that Christians can play in volunteering and the need for prayer and action to go hand in hand - listen here at 50 minutes
The final Festival Angels of 2019 was Mint at Church Fenton in Leeds. A one day festival of 15,000 people and a small team of Festival Angels who offered support and help across the site. Planning is already underway for 2020's festivals...
Paul was on BBC Radio Leeds reviewing the Sunday papers (22nd September 2019) - before the paper review Paul chatted about Street and Festival Angels over the summer - click here to listen
Wrote this on a friends page the other day and thought I would share:
Sadly I see too often that church exists for the sake of those who attend and with a purpose to get more attending! We should exist to demonstrate that the Kingdom of God is a reality for our communities, to show that people are created by God and are amazing with a plan and purpose in life. The church (people not buildings or denominations) should be the life giving heart beat of any place bringing change and reconciliation - working with all to bring about reduction in need and crime and poverty... Seeking to see justice and fairness for all. Responding with positivity and can-do and creativity (as we serve the creator!) - attempting things so big that unless God is involved it is bound to fail!
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