On Monday 2nd December 2019, 16 Response Pastors gathered from all around to be present for a minute’s silence that was held in memory of the innocent lives that were lost in the terrorist attack that occurred on Friday 29th November on London Bridge. Many hugs, tissues and prayers were given out by the team to school friends, family and colleagues of the victims, to witnesses of the incident, to kiosk workers on the bridge and to many others who were affected by the events.
The morning started in the Guildhall yard where the Bishop of London, The Lord Mayor of London, The Mayor of London and The head of London’s Faith Forum spoke messages of condolences but also of Love and Hope. The vigil was packed with people and everyone stood in unity as they dedicated a minutes silence to the two victims Jack and Sasskia.
After caring for those at the vigil, the teams began patrolling to different sites where flowers were being laid, on London Bridge itself and at Mansion House. You could truly feel the love and respect that were being given to both Jack and Sasskia. Some of the team made their way through Borough Market where a truly resilient spirit could be felt as people began to carry on with their lives, enjoying good company and great food.
The team were able to witness a true mix of the deep sadness and the strength of love and hope that hung over London. Most of the area is still protected crime scene however in the areas we were able to go to, the team were able to bring God’s light and warmth. Thank you to every single one of the team for being vessels of God’s love.