Edinburgh Street Pastors have been listening, caring and helping on the streets of Scotland’s capital since 2009. Starting with just 4 churches and a handful of volunteers they now have over 35 churches engaged with over 55 volunteers. They first started patrolling on Friday nights but have had the privilege of launching the first Saturday team and attending a number of events including the Royal Highland Show, T in the Park and the Caledonian challenge.
We believe in being part of the practical solution to urban problems within the cities’ nightlife which includes a range of issues from alcohol abuse to loneliness. However we are not just there for the issues, we are also there to be present and engage with the night time community by being a listening ear, or someone to lean on.
Street Pastors volunteers are all Christians and we make no excuse for our faith in Christ. We seek to both demonstrate and share the Good News of Christ through caring, helping and listening. We often get the chance to pray with people and take the opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus when it is appropriate. Street Pastors believe in the sanctity of human life, which is why they volunteer to go out on the streets till 4am and help people that are often judged for the situations they are found in.
Edinburgh Street Pastors have many stories to tell, stories that include the lost drunk being guided back to their hotel after a vague description; the suicidal woman being comforted for an hour and signposted to where she can get help, the homeless person being shown where he can get his next meal. We have prayed with countless people, and have been able to answer people’s questions about spiritual issues too. Sharing our faith is a natural part of our ministry. The work that Edinburgh Street Pastors do is invaluable to many.
Why not come and be feet on the streets of Edinburgh with us?
- Coordinator: Andy Amour
- Recruitment & Training Administrator: Gerard McIver
- Management Group Secretary: Denise Donaldson
- Management Group Chair: Brian Donaldson
We are based at Greyfriars Charteris Centre, 138-140 the Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9RR