Church leaders across London set to meet to discuss knife crime and violence on July 4th

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The issue of knife crime and youth violence will top the agenda at a meeting for church leaders taking place at St Mark’s, Kennington, south London on Thursday July 4, 2019.

The meeting, entitled Churches Standing Together is hosted by the Synergy Network, a recently formed organisation that brings together churches, charities, voluntary organisations and individuals that work with at risk and vulnerable young people.

Rev Les Isaac, is a founding member of the Synergy Network, and CEO of the Ascension Trust, the organisation that launched Street Pastors 15 years ago as a response to gun and knife crime.  He said,

“Churches need to be at the forefront, working alongside the police and other agencies in implementing solution to knife crime and violence..”

“Many churches are doing a lot of good work with vulnerable young people and those involved in gangs by providing mentoring, support through their difficult times and encouraging them to pursue a positive life path.  This meeting will give churches from various denominations an opportunity to consolidate their efforts, discuss good practice and devise ways to continue combatting this major societal issue.”

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