We take seriously our responsibility as Christians to care for and love our neighbours. At HBC we aim to reach out to and serve the community not only through a variety of church-led programmes but also by supporting, encouraging and promoting local faith-based organisations, many of which are also part of Hertford & District Churches Together. Church members are active in all of these organisations, which are making strong inroads into meeting the needs of the community.
BASH is an annual day camp for local young people in school years 6-9 and held during the June half-term. BASH is organised and run by local youth workers from area churches and organisations who are committed to reaching out to young people in our community and providing them with a special week they will never forget!
FutureHope is a free, confidential service, ‘helping people in crisis gain hope and a future.’ We focus primarily on young people aged 11-19 in Hertford and Ware. We also offer support to family and friends where possible.
We offer support with:
- substance misuse problems and addictive behaviour
- mental health issues,
- youth offending,
- the affect of family breakdown
Through our trained workers and volunteers we provide the necessary support for people to gain hope and a future. We see young people at our premises in Castle Street or other suitable venues. In the past we ran a youth bus on Fridays from 9-11pm at Hartham Common. We launched our new programme in April 2014.
Our service is open to every person, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, religion, belief, or ability – as a movement with a Christian ethos, we offer the additional option of spiritual input, but this is up to each individual.
Hertford and Ware Street Pastors
Hertford and Ware Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to night time economy problems, engaging with people on the streets to listen, care and help. We have over 20 volunteers who committed to doing street duty at least once a month – that mean they are out from 9:30 until somewhere between 2 and 3:00 am.
Our second group of volunteers are Prayer Pastors who support us in prayer. Any one is welcome to accompany us as an observer to see what we do – please contact Hertford and Ware Street Pastors if you are interested in this or any aspect of our work.
Hertford Baptist Church is one of the churches in the Hertford area supporting the Hertford & District Foodbank. It is situated at the United Reformed Church in Cowbridge, was started in April 2013 and is open Monday to Friday 4-5pm. The foodbank currently serves approximately 100 people per month who are referred by 50 approved agencies. Several members of our congregation are part of the team of over 50 volunteers who help with admin, welcoming clients, and stock room duties. We also have a box in the church vestibule for donations of non perishable food items.
For the latest Hertford & District Foodbank ‘Shopping List’ please click here.
An international organisation with over 5,000 ministries in 75 countries worldwide, this youth-work charity has local ministries in Hertford, Hoddesdon and Ware and is continuing to expand in the UK. Young Life began in the United States when a young pastor, Jim Rayburn, decided it was time for people of faith to step outside the church building and walk across the street to the local school. He was convinced that this was the best way to reach young people who otherwise might never hear an accurate account of the Gospel.
Locally, Young Life holds a youth clubs for young people. WyldLife Club happens on Monday evenings for students in school years 6-9 at Hertford Baptist Church. Young Life Club is held on Thursday nights for young people in years 10 and above in the Cowbridge Halls (Hertford United Reformed Church).