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What is a Street Pastor
A Street Pastor is someone from the Christian community who is prepared to care, listen and help people on the streets at night, particularly those who are vulnerable. They are prepared to engage with people wherever they are at or whatever their situation. Street Pastors take the care of church out on to the streets.
Who can be a Street Pastor
Street Pastors come from right across the Christian community and many different churches. They must be over 18, have been committed to a Christian church or Fellowship for at least a year and be supported by a reference from a church leader. All Street Pastors undergo a twelve day training course.
How do Street Pastors work?
Currently Street Pastors are on the streets of Woolwich Town Centre on a Friday evening between 10pm and 2am. They usually work in groups of 4 and have with a police liaison officer. They gather at the beginning of the evening and share a Prayer time with a local minister before patrolling the streets. On occasions it has been possible to send a team to Greenwich Town Centre as well.
Who provides the finance?
Finance is primarily provided by donations from local churches and individuals. Since Greenwich Street Pastors was established in 2009 grants have also been received amongst others from Greenwich Council, Metropolitan Police, Rob Knox Foundation, Charlton Athletic Football Club and Church in Community Fund.
““Street Pastors is about Christians rolling up their sleeves and getting involved in practically responding to the problems of crime and safety. They are like beacons on our streets and I want to see them shining brightly in every constituency”
David Burrowes MP
How can churches get involved?
There are three ways that local churches can support this exciting project which is seeking to demonstrate God’s love and the care of Christians to people who are in crisis and need a little help.
Street Pastors was founded by Rev Les Isaacs OBE and operates under the auspices of the Ascension Trust