Archbishop joins Town Pastors during visit to CofE in Suffolk
Sunday 30th March 2014Archbishop Justin joined the Town Pastors in Ipswich city centre on Friday night after arriving to join the Diocese of St Edmumdsbury & Ipswich for the start of centenary celebrations
The Archbishop met and prayed with a group of Town Pastors on Friday night before donning a high vis jacket and walking with them around the city centre, stopping to speak to people outside bars enjoying a night out. He also spoke to door staff, police and medical support staff.
Archbishop Justin said: “The Town Pastors in Ipswich are widely known as one of the best quality projects around the country. It’s very impressive to see so many Christians involved in a real expression of the love of Jesus Christ to the people of the town. It’s practical action and I’m very excited to see it.”
Canon Paul Daltry, minister for church and community engagement in the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich diocese, described Town Pastors as "friends on the streets who care for people and who look out for people". More than 570 volunteers now work with Town Pastors in nine towns across Suffolk.
Earlier in the evening, Archbishop Justin visited the Porch Project at St Mary's Church, Hadleigh, an award-winning youth project. He praised the "extraordinary" work of the project, led by Craig Hutton, youth work coordinator, and the Vicar of St Mary's, the Very Revd Martin Thrower.
On Saturday, Archbishop Justin had breakfast with local farmers before in Ipswich before travelling to St Edmundsbury Cathedral to meet key diocesan staff. He then presided and preached at a Celebration Eucharist at the Cathedral before attending the launch of the diocese's centenary fund. The Archbishop also met representatives of civic groups working in Suffolk.
Speaking before arriving in the diocese, Archbishop Justin said: "We give thanks for all that God has done in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich over the past 100 years, and pray expectantly that it will continue to grow and flourish."