New pastoral assistants will help care for the Hackney residents by running a death café to talk about end-of-life issues, as well as other community projects that support vulnerable, elderly and homeless people.

Pastoral care in Hackney was strengthened when The Bishop of Stepney, The Rt Rev Dr. Joanna Woolway Grenfell appointed five pastoral assistants at St. Michael and All Angels Stoke Newington Common Church

The Bishop of Stepney said: “Pastoral assistants serve an important gospel ministry. Their work is patient and often invisible as they build bridges between church and community and between people in many different life situations.

“I pray that our new pastoral assistants will be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world to the people of Hackney.”

The assistants will work in five churches across Hackney. These include St. Paul West Hackney, St. Peter De Beauvoir Town, St. Michael and All Angels Stoke Newington Common Church, St. John the Evangelist in Brownswood Park, and St. Mark in Dalston.

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Her duties include running a death café to talk about questions about the end of life, visiting sick people and running a soup garden project that produces food for the church’s soup kitchen.

The pastors will also coordinate the provision of table donations; Developed a music medicine project for the elderly, volunteering in the compassionate neighborhood program at St. Joseph Hospice, and volunteering with North London Action for the Homeless.

The new pastoral assistants will join the 23 existing pastoral assistants serving their wards and churches in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, and Islington.