WHAT ARE STREET PASTORS?
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 over 100 teams around the United Kingdom.
Corby Street Pastors have been running since July 2010
Our 23 Pastors are aged between 22 & 70+
They go out once a month, on Saturday, from 10pm to 3am
Teams of 4-6 listen, care & help
Crime figures have reduced in the patrol areas
A supporting prayer team meet locally from 9:45pm
HOW DO I BECOME A STREET PASTOR?
To be a Street Pastor, you need to be 18, a church member with references from your clergy, complete the training course, and undergo a CRB check. Training & kit costs about £200 and volunteers pay as much of that as they can, although in Corby a variety of funding has been put in place and has offset a portion of that.
One team was out in December in temperatures around -5°C. They had an eventful night, including helping one young lady get a taxi to hospital. The following e-mail came in to us at St. Columba's & was passed on to the co-ordinator:
"Hi on Saturday my daughter had her drink spiked which resulted in her being admitted to hospital. She is fine and at home, thank God. However, I'm writing to say how the Street Pastors helped so much and I'm so grateful for all their help and assistance, what a simple but very effective voluntary service. Please can you pass on my thanks and as a small token of gratitude I would like to make a donation to the organisation. Once again thank you Street Pastors after such a traumatic experience, your actions really affirm my faith in humanity."
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