As you may well be aware, Wandsworth Street Pastors have been running a pilot scheme in Southfields Academy with a view to launching a Schools Pastors Project in the new term.
The pilot consisted of 5 visits to the school in which the proposed Schools Pastors team would patrol around the school playground and refectory areas during their morning break on a Monday in order to interact with the students in a potential mentoring capacity. We also had a display stand and a video presentation on the project. Larry Davis, the schools deputy head is a real driving force for the project in the Academy and is keen for us to develop the project to incorporate older Academy students to train to be Youth Pastors. This is something new for Ascension trust but yet something they were keen to embrace.
The pilot was initially met with some reserve by some of the staff at the Academy being a little wary of this new venture and of the possibility of us duplicating some of the work for which the Academy already has structures in place to deal with but the apprehension was soon set aside and the work of the team was positively praised by the staff at the end of the pilot.
Due to a summer break and the protocol of the Wandsworth team embracing Schools Pastors as well as Street Pastors, it was proposed that the project commence in early October but the Academy were keen to have us start sooner even if it is in a less formal capacity in order to establish ourselves before the new students settled in to the new term. This as well as taking some of the Academy’s assembly’s would enable us to have a strong basis of familiarity in the location to establish our work.
The proposed soft launch date would be the 22nd of September where at least two Street Pastors would go in to the school during the morning break. We would continue to do this until we have a management team in place to oversee this venture.
Please pray for the team and the project as Wandsworth Street Pastors look to extend their ministry further afield in to the borough and if anyone is interested in being a part of this exciting new project please contact Wandsworth Street Pastors at wandworth@streetpastors.org.uk.
Please see the link below for an instruction to the work of Schools Pastors: