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If you have been praying for us during Lent, we thank you! If you pray using the stations of the cross, please remember us in your prayers for the city. During our recent patrols, God has answered some amazing prayers in some difficult situations. The Lord has blessed us with new volunteers and potential new recruits. This year looks to be a fruitful one, with signs of the growth, we need to build on our foundations. This new growth springs from the blessing of extra funding received by Street Pastors as part of the Canterbury Bid. We feel we are inspired to keep going and trust God for the future.See below for our news
  • BBN Award
  • Words from the street patrols
  • A word from the Police

Story from the Patrols

About 1.00am as most pubs and bars should’ve been closing, we heard a radio call from a venue that none of us had heard of before. The radio call concerned a missing woman and gave a short description of her – friends were concerned for her safety. No one responded to the call to say they had seen her, so the team looked up the venue on Google Maps and we headed off to see if they could be of any help. When the street pastors arrived at the venue, they saw a young woman with a tear-stained face sitting outside. Her drunk boyfriend tried to explain why she was s distraught and the doorman filled in the details.Her friend had disappeared about an hour and a half beforehand, leaving her handbag on the table. The doorman explained that she had had two panic attacks  and that no one had any idea of the whereabouts of her friend.You can imagine what everyone was thinking might have happened to her. So the team explained the situation to the duty prayer pastor and asked her to pray for a miracle. Meanwhile, the patrol decided to look for the missing woman before the venue reported her missing to the police. After patrolling backstreets half way through the centre of town, one of the street pastors said, ‘it seemed like we were looking for a needle in a haystack.’ So the team stopped and prayed a short prayer, asking God to lead the street pastors to the missing woman. We made our way to the bus station – there were no buses at this hour, but there were taxis at the taxi rank.The Street Pastors usually split the team when going through the bus station in order to cover more ground, but still keep each other in sight. One of the team had recently had a hip replacement and was walking slower than the others as they came in sight of the taxi rank. They saw a someone who matched the description of the missing woman being pushed into a taxi by a man. She began shouting, saying she didn’t want to get into the taxi. The team arrived at the taxi rank as the man was trying to head off. The street pastors asked the woman if she was all right. Incredibly, she said that she was okay and that the man was helping her – and not to worry. Even though the man headed off quickly when he saw the street pastors,the team leader still felt uncomfortable with the situation, saying, ‘I don’t like this.’ So the team tried to catch up the man and woman. At this point, the couple ran straight into the other two Street Pastors who called out to her by her name. This time the woman let go of the man’s hand and we were able to confirm that she was the missing woman, by telling her where she had been and other details of her night out. The team leader then radioed the venue where the woman had gone missing and we arranged a meeting point for the woman to be reunited with her friends. Again, incredibly she then pleaded with the team not to get the man into trouble. The man, who was still standing with her, was getting more and more agitated and only left in a hurry when the doorman appeared. Shortly afterwards, two other people arrived from the woman’s group and there was a very emotional reunion. After the woman left with her friends, the doorman also thanked the street pastors for enabling him to go home!Steve (Street Pastor)

Best Bar None Awards
Wed 15th March 2023Kent Cricket Ground

We were honoured to be invited to the inaugural Best Bar None Awards in

March. Best Bar None is an accreditation scheme, with which venues sign up

to take responsibility for being accountable for safety, safeguarding and

welfare of zero tolerance issues in their premises. In

essence, the scheme ensures the city is safe place to both live and visit.

Nineteen venues across Canterbury signed up to the initiative in its inaugural


The evening was hosted at the Kent Cricket Ground in Canterbury, where an

awards ceremony and dinner were laid on for all the community partners.

Most of the nineteen venues were represented – Tokyo Tea Tooms, Club

Chemistry, both Weatherspoon’s pubs, Lady Luck, Black Griffin, The lounge,

and Kent Cricket Club. Many of the Canterbury Community Safety Partners

were represented at the awards evening, including Kent Police, Canterbury

City Council, the universities and Canterbury Street Pastors.

There were various categories represented in the award ceremony, ‘Best

experience’, ‘Best Staff Member’, ‘Best Knowledge of Zero Tolerances.’

Canterbury Street Pastors were honoured to receive the ‘Outstanding

Contribution to the Night-Time Economy’ Award, which was a huge surprise

and a very fitting recognition of street pastors’ work in the city.


Encouraging WordsFrom Police Sargent John Woodward (Canterbury)Firstly, I want to congratulate all of you for your incredible work and selfless contribution to making Canterbury a safe place for people to live, work and visit. It goes without saying that on behalf of the Chief Constable of Kent Police and all that work at Canterbury Police station,I Thank You for giving up your time and providing your very welcome support to the people who participate in the night time activities whether that is eating, drinking, socialising or enjoying the varied entertainment and nightlife offers, Street Pastors give assistance to those who at times fall foul to over indulgence as well of course to those who become victims and witnesses to crime and anti-social behaviour sadly, this behaviour forms part of our familiar night time landscape. It is not lost on me that the first and front-line response that you provide to those who are most absolutely crucial.I started by saying congratulations, and I congratulate you all, because this year – and for the twelfth year in succession,- Street Pastors have contributed to Canterbury being awarded the “Purple Flag”, which is an international accreditation programme that strives to create safe and thriving locations at night for all users. You really should be very proud of being part of something that really sets Canterbury apart for all of the right reasons and goes some way to recognising the hard work that you do.This year sees Street Pastors working alongside a host of other partners including Kent Police, Canterbury City Council, the Business Improvement District, the Two universities in Canterbury, East Kent Rape Crisis, and Safezone, to deliver some truly unique projects that really do make a difference. This is an exciting time to work alongside so many good people who can make a beneficial difference to peoples lives and I look forward to working with the Street Pastors in their continued efforts.PS John Woodward
Call to Action We are currently recruiting for our team of Street Pastors.• Do you have heart to engage with people on the streets who are enjoying Canterbury’s night life?• Are you over 18?• Do you regularly attend a Church?• Could you help support our work?If you’re interested in joining Canterbury Street Pastors,please contact: Andrew Pantling – coordinator@canterburystreetpastors.orgSTREET PASTORS NEEDED WE ARE RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS
Prayer PastorsPRAYER PASTORS PRAYER AND HOSPITALITY SUPPORT WE NEED YOU!Canterbury Street Pastorsneed new members for our prayer and hospitality team.Saturday nights ·Once a month duty ·Make a difference through prayer


Contact Andrew Pantling:

Churches Together in Canterbury 

NewsCTC Walk of Witness and Outdoor service.

Here are the details:

10:45am Gather at The Salvation Army for tea/coffee and hot cross buns

11:15am Form up for the Walk of Witness

11:20am Walk of Witness leaves The Salvation Army and heads to the Longmarket (outside Las Ignuanas) *

11:30am Outdoor service begins

12:00pm Service finishes

  • Due to the Council roadworks taking place on the High Street at the moment, there is a small chance that the service may need to relocate to Rose Square (Whitefriars), but we will confirm this in the week leading up to the event. All other details will remain the same.

Other dates

  1. Contemporary Theology Group, 7:30pm Wednesday 15th March at St Peter’s Methodist Church

The speaker will be Dr. Jeremy Law, Dean of Chapel, Canterbury Christchurch University and he will be speaking on ‘Discerning Truth in a Contemporary Society’.

There is a charge of £5 at the door for each talk to cover costs (people in full-time education are admitted free).

The talk will be both live-streamed and recorded.

Also please note the change of speaker for the 19th April event:

Unfortunately, Rachel Mann cannot now come to speak on ‘Poetry in Precarious Times’.  However, we are very glad to welcome back Professor Richard Norman, who will address the pressing question ‘Should all Christians be Pacifists (and what about Humanists?)’.

  1. Open Table services, monthly at St Peter’s Church

Please find attached the poster with details of April’s service.

  1. Spring Piano Recital, 12:15-1:15pm Tuesday 11th April at St Andrew’s URC

Pianist Samm Carr will be performing a recital at St Andrew’s, featuring a mix of different composers. Entry is free but donations to the Canterbury Food Bank are welcome.

  1. ‘Breeding Grounds’, 5pm Saturday 22nd April at the Friends’ Meeting House

Breeding Grounds is a play which explores the human response to sustainability, world

population and the moral dilemmas that are now facing each and every one of

us in our daily lives. And to which we have to find our own accommodating

solutions in the face of what seems to many to be a state of political inertia.

The play lasts just under an hour and will be

followed by discussion and then refreshments.

Free of charge, charitable donations welcome.

Further information Helga Cukure 0773 293 4242.

  1. A Pan-European Feast  to raise money for Christian Aid, 7:00 for 7:30pm Saturday 22nd April at St Dunstan’s Church Hall

The items on the menu will reflect the cuisine of 7 different parts of Europe:

Humus (Greece),Avjar (Northern  Macedonia) and Tapenade (Provence) served with oatcakes (Scotland)

Paella (Spain)

Rhubarb or Apple Crumble ( England)

White or rose wine from Lirac (France)

Suggested donation £20

If you would like to join us please email

to book a place. Please let us know if you would like a vegetarian option, and whether you would prefer apple or rhubarb crumble. Also  if you have any other special dietary needs. Seafood, nuts and gluten are a traditional part of the recipes we plan to use but they can be excluded for individuals if we have prior notice.

Lyndall Bywater

Secretary, Christians Together in Canterbury

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