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Would you like to be part of a new CTIPA venture? CTIPA are looking at how Christians can once again serve the evening economy – the vulnerable, the homeless, those wanting someone to talk to. If you are interested please come along to a session at St Mary’s Church, Chapel Street, Penzance on Thursday 23rd February 2023 at 6 pm. There will be a quiet time for discernment followed by a discussion of what all present think is needed - and what you can offer. download Flyer
outreach started by 'Churches Together in the Penzance Area'
EARLIER INFORMATION: 'Street Pastors' is an inter-denominational Church response to neighbourhood problems, engaging with people on the streets and in night-time venues to care, listen and dialogue also offering practical help. more
Pioneered in London in January 2003 by Rev Les Isaac, Director of the Ascension Trust, it has seen some remarkable results, including drops in crime in areas where teams have been working. There are now some 9000 trained volunteers in around 250 teams around the United Kingdom - in 5 years, Devon and Cornwall have gone from 2 towns to 22 towns - Penzance being a recent addition.
Each project is set up under guidance from the Ascension Trust and run by local church and community groups, in partnership with Police, Council and other statutory agencies - the “Urban Trinity”.
Individual street pastors are Christian adults with a concern for their community, who are willing to engage people where they are, both in terms of their attitudes and location. They undergo 12 days of training in order to voluntarily patrol the streets of towns and cities at night, helping and caring for people in practical ways. To be a Street Pastor you need to be over 18 (no upper age limit), a church member and able to commit to our training programme.
A Street Pastor’s calling is
to listen, care and provide practical help on a non-judgemental
basis to anyone and everyone they meet. It is not to preach
or evangelise but to be the Gospel and to be ready to share
their faith if invited.
Street Pastors have been working in Camborne since 2008; Falmouth since 2009 and Truro since 2010.
Pastors (sometimes called prayer supporters) are a
vital part of the Street Pastors team. A team of at least two
will be at the base. Others may also be supporting from home and in
contact by 'phone.
* Prayer is such a vital part of 'Street Pastors' work, to the extent that the Street Pastors will not go out without the Prayer Pastors being back at the base. "Prayer is the fuel that drives our actions."
To be a prayer pastors, You simply need to be a church member, willing to pray and serve, and over the age of 18 years, no upper age limit.
Another type of prayer support is by becoming a Prayer Partner to individual Street Pastors. see links for more >>
* Jesus said, ‘love
John 13: 34
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