Church on the Bus was founded by Alan Park. This is its history.
When Alan arrived in Chesterfield in 2000 he saw that there wasn’t much being done for the homeless. There were projects giving out food and clothes, but he felt that we needed more human interaction. So our plan was to go out and build relationships with people who live in rubbish skips, sheds and woods.
With the help of Churches from the Chesterfield area we made our first journey on our first double- decker Bus in 2004, getting 25 to 30 people regularly and getting more now. We then got two single-decker Buses
and now visit Matlock as well. The video below shows the opening of the Matlock Bus.
In 2016 it was decided that the cost of keeping two buses on the road was prohibitive, and the Chesterfield bus now serves both Chesterfield and Matlock.
This is a picture of our current bus. Alan is trying to hide behind the bus door because he doesn’t like having his photo taken!