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 250 teams around the United Kingdom with groups nearby in Swindon, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud.
The Launch of Cirencester Street Pastors took place on 31st August 2010 and we have had a team of 3 or 4 out on the streets of Cirencester almost every Saturday night and Sunday morning since 5th February 2011. Only illness or very poor weather has prevented us patrolling on about 5 occasions.
Street Pastors undergo extensive training and when on duty wear uniform designated by the central Ascension Trust.
We currently have about 30 trained Street Pastors and 35 Prayer Pastors. The latter pray for each patrol, and while some will pray at home, others sometimes pray in the Upper Room in the Market Place, where each patrol meets, is briefed, prays together, takes coffee breaks and is debriefed.
We are always looking for recruits! If you are interested in becoming a Street Pastor or Prayer Pastor please contact Peter Ewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01285 655601.