May Reflections

This month we will have had a service focusing on the work of Street Pastors. Street Pastors was pioneered in London in 2003 by Les Isaac. The aim was to put a caring, listening and helping presence on the street by equipping volunteers from local churches.

Since it began, Street Pastors have trained over 12,000 volunteers. They play an active part in strengthening community life and working for safer streets. They patrol in teams of men and women, usually on a Friday and Saturday evening.

Currently, more than 300 towns and cities around the UK have a Street Pastors team. When you add prayer pastors, management teams and trustees, this means that there are over 20,000 volunteers in total, associated with the Street Pastors network. Each city or town project is set up by Ascension Trust, which is the governing body behind Street Pastors, and is run by a coordinator with support from local churches and community groups, in partnership with the police, local council and other statutory agencies.

The work of Street Pastors can be summed up in the words from Matthew’s gospel:

“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:15-16)

We are so privileged to have Street Pastors operating in both Whitstable and Herne Bay. Both these projects rely on a strong volunteer base. If you would like to get involved in either area please contact:

whitstable@streetpastors.org.uk    hernebay@streetpastors.org.uk

You will receive full training and equipment and become part of an essential team helping to transform the spiritual atmosphere of our communities.

Every blessing

Simon & Keely