“Street Pastors is about Christians rolling up their sleeves and getting involved in practically responding to the problems of crime and safety. They are like beacons on our streets and I want to see them shining brightly in every constituency.”
David Burrowes, Patron of Ascension Trust
Salisbury Street Pastors (SSP) are here to Care, Listen and Help…
Some Fridays and on every Saturday Street Pastors patrol the streets in the centre of Salisbury from 10 pm until 4.00 am in the morning. Street Pastors are trained to be a helping caring and listening presence on our streets (Street Pastors have to complete an extensive training programme).
Often a Street Pastor will sit with someone in distress for half the night, being that shoulder to lean on and a listening ear. Perhaps tending to someone who has had far too much to drink, has been sick and does not even know where they are.
Street Pastors always carry flip-flops, to give to girls who have problems dealing with their high heels (high heels and alcohol do not mix!). Their kit includes bottles of water to quench the thirst of those dehydrated by alcohol, lollipops, and emergency space blankets. As well as a dustpan and brush to clear up broken glass.
The church in action on the streets of Salisbury
Street Pastors have now been active in Salisbury town centre for over 10years.
Matthew 25: 37,38 ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
Who are Street Pastors
A Street Pastor is someone who is…
a Christian and is part of a local church;
concerned for society and their local community;
willing to engage with people, whatever their perspective on life and wherever they hang out;
happy to work in a team and in collaboration with other agencies and projects, both statutory and voluntary.
You may well have Street or Prayer Pastors as members of your congregation, as we currently have over 60 volunteers from 25 different churches in and around Salisbury, making us a truly ecumenical initiative representing all denominations.
How you can get involved
Become a Friend. We are always looking for people to commit to pray for the work that we do on the streets of Salisbury, so why not become a Friend and receive our weekly ‘Word on the Street’ e-newsletter full of prayer requests and information on what is going on. Email me for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a Street Pastor. Why not come out on a patrol and find out what goes on. If you like it, then we run a series of four training weekends each autumn and spring.
Become a Prayer Pastor. If the thought of being out on the street late at night is not for you, why not become a Prayer Pastor and pray for the patrol on the night, either from our team base in Salisbury or from home.
How to support our work
Consider making a gift or a regular donation. Whatever you give will be appreciated and valued and help us to continue to help the vulnerable on our streets.
If you’d like to donate towards our work in Salisbury please click here SSP Donation
More about our giving platform
Encourage your church to pray and give. We have a number of churches who support the work, either through prayer or financially. Why not ask your treasurer if your church supports our work, and if they do not, then encourage your church governing body to do so.
I thank you for the prayer support of your church and request prayer for :-
Safety for the volunteers whilst on the street
Opportunities to talk about our faith
Liaising with the various door stewards
Positive links with the local constabulary and councillors
John Elkins (Chair Salisbury Street Pastors)