A Street Pastor is a Church member with a concern for society – in particular young people who feel themselves to be excluded and marginalised – and who is willing to engage with people where they are, usually in a town or city centre late at night on Fridays and Saturdays.

Street Pastors are committed to working in fellowship (church and community leaders) and with agencies and projects (both statutory and voluntary) to look at collaborative ways of addressing issues affecting youth, and developing initiatives that will build trust between them and the Street Pastors.

As Street Pastors get to know people in the community they discover local needs and endeavour to find out what can be done to help. The presence of Street Pastors brings reassurance to a community, so that people know that the Church is there for them in a practical way. The role is not about preaching heaven and hell, but one of listening, caring and helping – working with a non-judgemental attitude and offering care and help without prejudice.

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