Saturday, 12 July 2014

ROYAL ENCOUNTER FOR CHESTERFIELD STREET PASTORS

It has been quite a week in the world of the Co-ordinator for Chesterfield Street Pastors and School Pastors!

A week ago I was down in London meeting with School Pastor co-ordinators from across the country at Ascension Trust HQ in Morden, Surrey.  It was so exciting to hear how this initiative has taken off the across the country and we
have high hopes for the work our our growing team in Chesterfield.

At lunch time we were delighted when Les Isaac, one of the founders of Street Pastors, came to sit with us.  He is such an inspiring person and full of yet more ideas for transforming communities for the better.  We hope to invite Les to come and speak in Chesterfield next year as we celebrate our fourth birthday.


Next, on the Saturday we were invited to a reception hosted by the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, David Coleman and his wife Hilary held at Ripley Police HQ.  Such a lovely occasion on a beautiful day.  I only wish I could have taken the whole team of volunteers to hear the thanks and appreciation that was sent their way.




Then for Thursday, an invitation from the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire to represent Chesterfield Street Pastors at a reception being hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire in the Painted Room at Chatsworth.  This would have been a treat in itself but we were then told that there would be two VIP guests.  What a wonderful surprise to discover our VIPs were none other than HM the Queen and HRH Prince Philip!

There were around 80 invited guests and we were divided into 12 groups of 6 or 7 people.  Separately, the royal couple spent a few minutes with each group and it was wonderful to be able to speak briefly with them both about Chesterfield Street Pastors and to see the most beautiful smile flicker across the Queen's face at the mention of Street Pastors.


A moment to treasure and I am very thankful for such an opportunity.