Serve Your Community in a different way

Become a Cheltenham Street Pastor. Caring, listening and helping on Friday or Saturday nights in our town centre.

  • Receive full training and uniform
  • Meet new friends from other Cheltenham churches
  • Give something back to society with your time
  • Be a shining light in Cheltenham showing Jesus’ love to those who are in need

Why we do it…Serving our community

We believe that the church should be visible and show practical support to the local community. Cheltenham Street Pastors is one practical way to do this. All Street and Prayer Pastors are volunteers from local churches, they give their time freely.

Becoming a Street Pastor

To become a Street Pastor an applicant must have been a committed Christian for at least a year, be a member of a local church, be able to provide a positive reference from his/her minister, a character reference, be at least age 18 (with no upper limit!), undergo a  successful DBS check and participate in the training programme.

Once the initial training has been completed a Street Pastor usually commit to a once a month patrol in Cheltenham Town Centre. We patrol approximately between 10pm and 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.

If you would like to know more, or if you are not sure if you fit the criteria, please get in touch with us .  Or if you are keen to apply, complete and return the application form

Becoming a Prayer Pastor

Support us in prayer from our base or remotely at home while Street Pastors are out on patrol. No training is required. Each Prayer Pastor is attached to a team and this crucial prayer role will be once a month. We have a prayer meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month where all prayer pastors have the opportunity to gather and pray together in a local church. This is a really important role and we are looking for volunteers.

If you would like to apply then please contact

We have a Prayer Coordinator to support you.

The next stages for Street Pastors are:

1. We take up references from your local church leader and one other person and carry out an enhanced DBS check.

2. Two taster, observation sessions to experience the work first hand and to fully know what the role of a Street Pastor involves.

3. Initial training takes about 3 evenings and a full day Roles and Responsibilities course run by a trainer from our overseeing body; The Ascension Trust.  These evenings include courses on Police  Awareness, Alcohol and Drugs Awareness, Listening Skills and Preparing for the streets. Our training sessions are to better equip recruits to help in the best possible way to those we meet and also to keep our Street Pastors safe.

4. The new Street Pastor will then be commissioned in a short service alongside the other new recruits They then join the rota and patrol  once a month. Each team has a couple of Team Leaders who are experienced Street Pastors and will continue to nurture and guide new volunteers.

5.Street Pastors will then be able to serve anywhere else in the country if they relocate.