Fun, sun and a real sense of community – that was the Funtasia at Fryern recreation ground on May Bank Holiday Monday. It was a real pleasure for Tim, Sandy and Liz to represent the Street Pastors. There were so many different aspects of the community represented and people were friendly and willing to talk. The Churches together in Chandler’s Ford stand was an ideal starting place. Children were enjoying craft activities and there were lovely displays.

The Funtasia offered so many activities for all ages. There were animals from a farm, birds of prey and sheep dog demonstrations; so many different rides and stalls. The Police, Fire and Ambulance were there and the children could sit on the vehicles. There was a wonderful atmosphere. We strolled around talking to many different people – Councillors, Guides, Scouts, One Community, to name just a few. So many people are doing amazing work but are short of leaders and volunteers. The Guides would be interested in the Street Pastors popping in to talk to their group and a contact number was given to us.

We met a delightful young man, who is a potential Street Pastor, and we discussed what is involved and the training. Then we got chatting to an entertainer from “The Motley Crew” who turned out to be a Youth Pastor and a Street Pastor! As we walked back home we had probably the most powerful meeting of the day. A young man approached us, curious about our uniforms and wondering if we were Jehovah’s Witnesses. As we got talking he opened up about the trauma in his life and his need to seek help before it was too late. This was a very humbling experience and a reminder of the way in which God brings people together in the community to share in the sadness as well as the joy in our lives.