Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue.
It was pioneered in London in January 2003 by Rev Les Isaac, Director of the Ascension Trust, and has seen some remarkable results, including drops in crime in areas where teams have been working. There are now some 9000 trained volunteers in around 250 teams around the United Kingdom.
A number of people from our congregation join with other Christians from the area to serve in two local teams in Stratford and Evesham. They work in each town on a Friday evening generally working from 10pm to around 3 or 4am.
The aim of Street Pastors is to be a visible Christian presence on the streets of Stratford and Evesham within the night-time economy, demonstrating the love of Christ by bridge-building, offering a helping hand and a listening ear to all we meet, working in partnership with local government, police and churches.”
A Street Pastor is someone from the Christian community who is willing to care,listen and help, particularly young people who have found themselvesdisenfranchised and/or marginalised from society and who are willing to engagepeople where they are, in terms of their thinking (their perspective on life) andlocation (where they hang out, be it on the streets, in the pubs and clubs or at parties).
In a typical year, Street Pastors will:
- Help bring calm to aggressive situations
- Support vulnerable people on over 100 occasions
- Give out 250 pairs of flip-flops to young women who are unable to walk intheir high heels to prevent injury to their feet from broken glass
- Give out bottles of water
- Give blankets to people at risk of exposure/hypothermia
- Clear away 1000 broken or discarded bottles or glass to remove potentialweapons or sources of injury
- Attend anti-social incidents
Police figures indicate that there will have been a statistically significant drop inthe number of reported incidents on a night during the time that Street Pastors have been on the streets.
Visit www.streetpastors.co.uk to find out more.