Response Pastors Deployed – Westminster Attack

The tragic events of the recent terrorist attack in Westminster, claimed so many lives including that of a Police Officer who was in the very process of protecting others. Many shared their grief and reclaimed the ground in Westminster the scene of the attacks. Teams of London based Response Pastors were deployed over several days to be the Church’s listening ear and to share God’s compassion with many. Being that presence on the streets of Westminster and at the vigil held in Trafalgar Square as well as at memorial service on Westminster Bridge demonstrates how we all stand together no matter what faith or religion. Response Pastors are Street Pastors who have received additional training to support and assist those affected by crisis or disasters in our local...

New Coordinators Induction Day 2017

Another excellent Induction Day for new and more established Coordinators. It was good to meet so many passionate, compassionate and committed coordinators, many who travelled considerable distances to be here, particularly Jersey. Thanks everyone for your contributions and the overwhelmingly positive feedback....

Upcycle with Ascension

Les Isaac, Street Pastors and fellow friends and supporters of Ascension Trust are getting on their bikes to cycle in Northern Ireland, becoming everyday heroes to raise funds to help meet the practical needs of local communities. Click on the link to visit the website, and do what you can to support this amazing cause!...

New Ecumenical Canon

The Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has appointed Reverend Les Isaac OBE as a new Ecumenical Canon to Southwark Cathedral. The Revd Les Isaac The Revd Les Isaac was born in Antigua and came to the United Kingdom as a young child, growing up in north London with his parents. He experienced gangs and street violence in his teens, becoming a Rastafarian in his search for hope. Then in his late teens Les became a Christian. This radical life changing experience inspired him to always seek ways to engage with the same hard-to-reach communities that he came from; he is committed to sharing not only the spiritual relevance of the gospel message but also the very practical message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has been a minister for over 35 years and is currently a member of the Pastoral Team at the Church of God of Prophecy in Battersea, South London. He is Chief Executive Officer of Ascension Trust which he founded over 20 years ago. He was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his work as the Head of Ascension Trust. Les co-founded the Street Pastors Initiative in 2003 as a response to the growing concern for the problems of gun and knife crime, binge drinking, gang culture, loneliness, violence and anti-social behaviour on our high streets. There are now other national and international initiatives: School Pastors, College Pastors, Rail Pastors and Response Pastors. He is married to Louise and they have two children, both of whom are...

Could you be an Ascension Trust Representative [ATR]?

The next training for potential new ATR’s is the 8th & 9th March 2017 at AT. ATR’s are individuals; usually have been coordinators, who wish to be more involved in some of the key outward facing roles of AT. Typically they deliver R&R, attend commissioning’s as well as delivering presentations or supporting an area in difficulty. ATR’s are remunerated and travel expenses are paid for this valuable work. We are always on the look out for suitable people and in particular women are currently under represented in our ATR team. There is an application process and if you are interested please email: atrbooking@ascensiontrust.org.uk or call Mary-Bridget on 0208 329...