Cirencester Street Pastors is an initiative of Churches Together in Cirencester in association with the Ascension Trust (the national organising body of Street Pastors), local police and the local authority. It is part of a national inter-denominational church response to urban problems, with Street Pastors engaging with vulnerable people on the streets late at night and early in the mornings to listen, talk and care.
Street Pastors was pioneered in London in January 2003 and has seen some remarkable results, including a 90% reduction in street crime in some areas. There are now over 100 teams around the United Kingdom with groups nearby in Swindon, Cheltenham and Gloucester.
The launch took place on 31st August 2010 and received excellent coverage on the front page of the local paper. Our first 18 recruits are now undergoing the 12 sessions of comprehensive training and we aim to have our first Cirencester patrols on the streets in March next year.
If we can find another 14 volunteers then each volunteer would patrol in a team of four on just one Friday or Saturday night per month.
Prayer Pastors will also be needed to pray for each patrol and while some will pray at home, others will pray in the Upper Room in the Market Place, where each patrol meets, is briefed and debriefed. If you are interested in becoming a Street Pastor or Prayer Pastor then please contact Peter Ewart at email@example.com.
A good introductory video can be found at www.streetpastors.co.uk/