Leicester Street Pastors
The Street Pastors initiative is a national, interdenominational Christian response to today’s social problems. Our team is made up of Christian men and women from a range of churches; St Andrew’s Jarrom Street to Holy Trinity to Oadby Baptist.
We walk around the city centre in teams of 3 or 4 every Saturday night and the first Friday night of each month. We are here to listen, care and help – to show God’s love and what Christianity is about in practical ways.
We support other people working in the nighttime economy such as the police and door staff offering our time and a listening ear. We offer practical support whether that be flipflops for those who have “tired” feet, water for those feeling unwell or lollipops to bring a joyful attitude! We are trained in many practical skills including how to provide basic First Aid. We carry radios and so can report situations but also respond to a range of events that occur over an evening.
The determination and motivation of our teams is underpinned by prayerful support from their home churches.This prayer ensures that the teams are affirmed in their role and know that their ministry is part of their home church’s mission to share God’s love.
These churches also provide donated funds to ensure the team is able to provide the appropriate support. This monetary and pray support is vital to us.
From Our Blog
October was our first month back out on patrol in Leicester city centre. Due to a COVID outbreak we managed to have volunteers out 2 Saturdays. We offered 24 volunteer hours on the street of Leicester which is the beginning. We are hoping to build slowly towards 2022...
Despite being off the streets of Leicester for 18 months we are now back and keen to build relationships with all those agencies involved in the nighttime economy. Last Saturday night we went to meet the St John’s Ambulance team who will be stationed on Jubilee Square...
We were back on the streets again this weekend. The team went out knowing they had and were being prayed for. They were out making the streets safer; collecting bottles that could easily be made into weapons. Many people out enjoying the city were glad to see us back....