Telford Street Pastors began working in the night time economy of Telford on 1st July 2011. Since then, working closely with their partners in the Borough of Telford and Wrekin and West Mercia Police, uniformed Street Pastors have made a significant contribution to the life and times of Telford during the hours of darkness. They do not go out to proselytise or preach but nevertheless see their work as ‘cutting edge’; mission.
Street Pastors are all volunteers from churches in and around Telford (Madeley Baptist Church, Hadley Elim, River Community Church, the Salvation Army, Springfield Christian Fellowship, House of Prayer, Telford Christian Fellowship, All Saints Wellington) who work at least one Friday in three from 9.30.p.m. to about 4.00.a.m. (sometimes later) mainly in Telford Town Centre but also, where possible, in Madeley, Ironbridge, Oakengates, Newport and Wellington. We provide a glorious mix of age and experience for the task of caring for those who render themselves vulnerable as well as those who are in all kinds of trouble. They are supported whilst on duty by a team of Prayer Pastors also drawn from Telford churches.
During 2012 there have been no arrests by Police when Street Pastors have been working. Many potentially violent and anti-social incidents have been defused by the presence of the Street Pastors. Altogether Telford Street Pastors have now completed 47 patrols, working a total of 1404 hours. The Prayer Pastors have worked 530 hours and Street Pastor management team 264 hours.
Telford Street Pastors urgently need more volunteers to be trained as Street Pastors and also to work in support of Street Pastors as Prayer Pastors please contact Keith 07891 603644.