What is a Street Pastor?
Street Pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community. They patrol in teams of men and women, usually from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on a Friday and Saturday night, to care for, listen to, and help people who are out on the streets.
What do they do?
In Southampton, some 100 volunteers are committed to the following initiatives:
- Night-time Patrols – patrols are sent out patrols into the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights from about 10:30pm to 4 am.
- Millbrook Community – patrols are sent out into the Millbrook area on a Saturday evening.
- Schools – Cantell and Upper Shirley High Schools are covered on a Wednesday afternoon during the time the children are vacating school.
In whatever context, street pastors offer reassurance, safety and support. They are a tool for the local churches to help project God’s love into the city, and also work closely together with other partners to make Southampton a safer place.
Southampton Street Pastors are committed to targeted prayer. Their simple philosophy is that they do not deploy Street Pastors in any capacity unless they are backed up by dedicated prayer from Prayer Pastors who are contactable in real time.
They carry a variety of equipment to assist people who are feeling vulnerable, and have many opportunities to share God’s love in practical ways, but also spiritually by praying with people, providing bibles, and affirming individuals with God’s word.
Website : http://streetpastors.org/