How to apply
Prayer Team guidelines (PDF)
To become a Town Pastor you will need two references, one from your minister. You will be interviewed, and if successful, trained. CRB checks will be required. The training is one Saturday morning and five evening sessions. You should be prepared to volunteer one evening per month, and be able to walk a couple of miles a night.
The next training session is planned for November 2015.
The requirements for the Prayer Team are less stringent, but you will still need one training session. A prayer team session is planned shortly. If you're awake at home in the small hours- we need you!
There are two distinct ‘streams’ that members of the Prayer Team can opt for.
- Firstly we are seeking to recruit people who are willing to pray from their own home for an hour at particular times in the night.
- Secondly we are seeking those who could join with others (at a town centre base) to pray during the night. This group would receive regular updates from the Town Pastor team, talk to Home Prayer Team members, and prepare refreshments for the Town Pastors during their breaks.
Each Home Prayer Team member would be asked to cover an hour's slot during the patrol times. Therefore at least 6 people are needed each night. At the beginning of each slot the Home Prayer member would telephone the town centre base to “sign on” and ask what specific things to be prayed for that night. With 2 teams of 2 Town Pastors on patrol, 2 Prayer Team members at the base and 6 Home Prayer team members; at least a ratio of 2 Prayer Team to 1 Town Pastor is required. If patrolling as a Town Pastor is not for you please volunteer to join the prayer team.
Alternatively, you could be a "prayer buddy" for a Town Pastor, praying for them just before and after they patrol. No specific training or registration is needed, just ask a Town Pastor to let you know when they are on duty.