We assemble around 9.45pm on Fridays, after a cup of tea and a prayer we patrol the area in groups of four. Meanwhile a team of prayer pastors remain at the base to support us. Generally the street team returns to base about 12.30am for further refreshment and to warm up before going out on a second patrol. We expect to finish about 4am.
While out on patrol we greet people we pass – it is up to them if they want to engage us in conversation. We make ourselves know to the shopkeepers, pub managers, fast food outlets and club managers who are friendly and supportive. Occasionally we need to call the police or ambulance service. We also make a point of removing empty glass bottles to prevent their being made into weapons.
Is it dangerous?
We go out in groups of four and feel quite safe on the street. We value those who support us with prayer and practical guidance from our local partners. We always inform the police prior to and after our patrol. In Ealing Broadway we are in contact with cctv as well. All Street Pastors are fully trained and we never look to put ourselves at personal risk.