Town Pastors are Christians who look out for and support vulnerable people, giving assistance where appropriate, being on the street to provide a presence of friendliness and care so that people can enjoy their night out, defusing any potentially aggressive situations. Town Pastors are available to people as listeners, encouraging safe behaviour for all, and fostering good relationships between the public, the police, door staff, the local authorities and voluntary agencies.
Town Pastors, working in male/female pairs, wearing bright distinctive jackets and headgear, are out on busy weekend nights from 10pm until the early hours. Their aim is to provide a positive influence in the town – backed by prayer.
Prayer Team (base)
Whist patrolling, Town Pastors are backed up by prayer from the base and home teams. The base team also provide drinks and snacks for Town Pastors during their breaks, and co-ordinates prayer with members of the at-home prayer team, who are praying for an hour during the night’s patrols. No contact with members of the public is envisioned.
Prayer Team (at home)
These pray at home, for an hour slot, while the Town Pastors are out patrolling. They can ask for and receive updates on the ongoing situation, so they know exactly what to pray for. For example, these would be frequent requests:
- more taxis so people go home quicker
- that an argument won’t escalate to a fight
- that someone we’ve been talking to will receive God’s help with a situation in their lives.
You can also be a “prayer buddy” for a Town Pastor, praying for them before and after they are on duty.