Hoddesdon Church opening following shooting
Following a shooting near Rye Park, the Vicar of St Cuthbert’s Church, the Revd Nick Sharp, says: “As soon as the Police cordon is lifted, we plan to have the St Cuthbert’s Church (Rye Park) available for quiet prayer, and to have people available for anyone who wants to drop in and talk. We are planning this for Saturday (8th December) between 10 & 3.
You can read his letter below:
Emergency Prayer Letter
Written in some haste, this is a request for your prayers for us here in Hoddesdon.
On Tuesday evening, a young man was shot and killed in the house just opposite the vicarage. Since then, a very substantial police operation has been in full swing, as forensic teams have searched the scene for evidence, and the neighbouring streets have been cordoned off. As you can imagine, this has caused a lot of disruption, and anxiety to people who don’t know what is going on.
We have had the church open all day for people to drop in, and have been making hot drinks for the police and concerned residents.
As soon as the cordon is lifted, we plan to have the church available for quiet prayer, and to have people available for anyone who wants to drop in and talk. We are planning this for Saturday between 10 & 3. Already a close friend of the young man who was killed as visited, saying this is the first time he has ever set foot in a church. He promised to return on Saturday, and to invite all his friends to come too.
While the cordon is in place, we are not able to come out and talk freely to each other, but are escorted in and out of our houses by police. So at the moment, it is difficult to speak to peple and offer support.
Can I ask for your prayers in the following areas.
1. Please pray for the family who lived in the house opposite the vicarage, Claire and her five sons. It hasn’t been confirmed, but we suspect that the young man killed was one of her children. The family have been taken to an undisclosed location for their safety.
2. Please pray for anxious residents and friends, especially young children. Ogard Road has a number of flats, and many are lived in by young families.
3. Pray that the church may be useful to the neighbourhood at this time, that the support we offer will be appropriate and well received.
4. Pray for the police, that their painstaking work will be successful and that the perpetrator(s) will be arrested and brought to account.
Nick Sharp, Revd.