Street Pastors coming to the Island

Posted by Admin on Sunday, 4th January 2009, 00:00

This is a wonderful opportunity to help curb the growing anti-social behaviour and drink-induced crime on the streets in our own towns.

Street Pastors will eventually be going out onto the streets on Friday and Saturday nights between 10pm and 3am, in teams of four wearing official ‘Street Pastor’ jackets. The sole intention of a Street Pastor is to be the ‘good samaritan’ and to offer practical help where it is needed.

This help can be picking up bottles, offering water and wet wipes to someone who has been sick, giving flip-flops to girls who are having trouble walking in high heels, or to help single women get home safely by bus or taxi.

A Street Pastor is someone who will engage with people with an attitude of love and acceptance, never with condemnation or judgement. They are not out to preach to people but to listen and to be of service wherever they safely can be. The aim is to be ‘love in action’ and to bring a bit of light into what can sometimes be an emotionally charged or threatening environment.

‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did for me.’
(Matthew 25 v40)

In places like Portsmouth there has been a significant reduction in street crime and the local public have made positive relationships with their local street pastors. Local police also have voiced their support for this important work saying that street pastors are there when they can’t be and as a result prevent situations arising that would otherwise involve calling on the police.

So if you feel you would like to find out more about this unique ministry or become involved in some way then please call David Ouston on  01983 562313 or 07896 462109.

Alternatively you can email David on isleofwight@streetpastors.org.uk

There is also a website – www.streetpastors.org.uk

David and other members of the management team will be interviewing in January and February for street pastors and for prayer pastors who will be supporting the work on the streets by keeping a prayer vigil at a nearby church each evening.

The organisation will also need ongoing financial support to continue its work so if you feel able to contribute either personally or through fund-raising activities please contact David.

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