Street Pastors take Jesus from inside the church onto the streets at night – to love, care, listen and just be there for anyone who needs help. Not only in speech but in action; as the saying goes ‘ actions speak louder than words’. We have had many opportunities to pray for people and we are very well received and appreciated.
The aim of Street Pastors is to Listen, Care and Help without prejudice anyone we meet. The things we can become involved in can vary from just having a friendly chat with someone to calling and waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
Lancaster Street Pastors are always looking for new recruits, if you would like more information please feel free to contact us. www.streetpastors.co.uk
Here’s an account from a member of Christians Alive on her experience of being a Street Pastor:-
“I joined Street Pastors when it first started. The idea of helping people at night on the street appealed to me and so I was there, out on the streets on the very first night that Street Pastors was launched in Lancaster. It was a bit daunting at first but then compassion welled up in me when I saw the state of drunken girls and boys out on the street at night. Some of them become vulnerable by their intoxicated state. As Street Pastors our job is to go out and love them, help them where help is needed and be a listening ear. We have cleaned sick, taken drunk people home, given out flip-flops, water, foil blankets too amongst other things. But the most rewarding thing is that we are able to share the gospel with people, not because we are bible bashing them but because they ask “Why do you do this?” We are able to reply why and from there the questions start rolling and conversations take place so naturally. It’s really beautiful and as one person said “you people are like angels on the street” in appreciation of the help given”.