Street Pastors are there - as the name says - on the streets; a visible, recognizable and trusted presence. Not preaching or condemning, but listening, caring and helping where they can.
Every Street Pastor is a committed Christian and the training programme ensures that they are fully equipped to handle even the most difficult situations.
Street Pastors is a inter-denominational initiative set up by the Ascension Trust and run by local co-ordinators. The first project was initiated in London in 2003 as a response to urban problems among young people, particularly gun and knife crime.
There are now many Street Pastor projects running over the country in both inner-city and town areas, producing remarkable results - including reductions in crime.
Loughborough Street Pastors work in partnership with Leicestershire Constabulary and Charnwood Borough Council.
"Street Pastors for me can be pictured as a modern day parable, as in the Good Samaritan, the Church does not want to be the one who walks on by and does nothing. Street Pastors seek to share the love of Jesus Christ in a real, practical and down-to-earth way" Jan Sutton, Co-ordinator of Loughborough Street Pastors
Loughborough Street Pastors engage with people in the community. They work in partnership with Police and Charnwood Borough Council as an Urban Trinity. This has resulted in Loughborough becoming a safer and more peaceful place at night time.
They now have a working agreement with ADT Taxi's who let them use their waiting room to sit with people in need, they provide water and coffee. They will allow SP's to travel the journey home if necessary and return the SP's to Loughborough - if the client has no way of paying, ADT will then invoice SP's.
This year SP's have six new recruits most of who have now completed half of the training programme. We have eight Senior's and an additional ten SP's. At present for various reason two Senior's and three SP's are not on the rota.
We now have only two regular Prayer Pastors - we need at least four to complete the monthly rota.
If you would like more information on how to become a street pastor or prayer pastor, please contact;
Deacon Jan Sutton
01509 261271 (Methodist office)