Dear Canterbury Street Pastors Supporter,
It is with a sense of excitement and some trepidation that I step into the role of Chair of Canterbury Street Pastors. Some of you may know me but to others I will be not be familiar. I had the privilege of being part of the first team of Street Pastors to be trained, commissioned and deployed in Canterbury. I served as a Senior Street Pastor until 2 years ago when due to family and work commitments I stepped down from Saturday night patrols. However, I have remained connected with the initiative through prayer and attending management team meetings. I lived in Canterbury for many years attending Barton Church, moving to Faversham in 2017 to be part of the establishment of a second Barton Church site in the town.
The Canterbury Street Pastor family has been through some tough times over the last few years. I would like to thank the previous Coordinators, Chair(s) and Trustees for their commitment during a period that has been draining on many levels. God is faithful and steadfast. We give thanks for His provision and look forward to how He will provide in this next season of rebuild and recovery.
I would like to thank Andrew Pantling, our newly appointed coordinator for stepping forward to take up the challenge of coordinator and I look forward to working with him, the trustees and the wider team as we rebuild and recover.
We have been using the time to take stock and prepare for returning to the Streets of Canterbury. As you might imagine, lockdown in response to the global pandemic, impacted on our ability to be a presence in the night-time economy in Canterbury, on recruitment and the training new Street Pastors. However, we are working with imagination and seeking God’s wisdom as to how we can serve our City even in these difficult times as God intends and allows. We hope to keep all our friends and supporters updated on progress through a regular newsletter.
Thank you for your perseverance in prayer and your continued financial support as part of the Canterbury Street Pastor family.
For His Glory,
Chair Canterbury Street Pastors
Matthew 5: 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (NIV)