During the past year it has been a privilege to be involved in the wider work of Street Pastors. As a national movement Street Pastors has experienced exponential growth with now around 125 projects in the UK. Scotland now has its own charity status and organisational arrangements. Most of the London boroughs have Street Pastors as doa growing number of towns and cities across Britain.
In the Lancashire area we have been able to help set up Burnley Street Pastors as well as Chorley and Blackburn. This has involved speaking to police, council and Churches as well as conducting training sessions. It has been great to see the work that God is doing in these areas. I have set up a Lancashire Coordinators network to gather area leaders from Lancaster, Preston, Blackpool as well as the places just mentioned. Due to the phenomenal growth of Street Pastors in the UK, the Ascension Trust want to develop more area working, as a centralised management structure could become too unwieldy. I have also been into Yorkshire to speak to gathered officials to discuss setting up Street Pastors. A team of us went to Sheffield earlier this year and I was in Barnsley during summer time. Street Pastors is one way that Churches can make a difference by serving their community in a very practical way. The town of Kendal willbe getting Street Pastors as they have social issues on the streets at night. I shall be addressing a gathering of police and local authority in December to explore the possibility of starting Street Pastors there in 2010.
It is exciting to see the different ways Street Pastors operate in different contexts and at different times. We look forward to developing Pendle Street Pastors so that we can really see God's kingdom impacting the lives of men and women out late at night around the borough and our streets will be safer.
Ian Humphreys Pendle Street Pastors Coordinator
During the National Conference our Pendle Representatives did what Street Pastors do best and here is the picture to prove it!
Ian, Dave, Ron, George, Akram, Pete and Maureen travelled down together in a mini bus.
Everyone came back safe and sound and we are looking forward to hearing all about their exploits.