Street Pastors

The work of Banbury Street Pastors began in April 2012 following a  Commissioning Service at Marlborough Road Methodist Church. Over 120 people attened with contributions from Thames Valley Police, the Town Council, Anwar Bouraza from the Ascension Trust and local churches. Seventeen Pastors and a number of Prayer Pastors were commissioned.

Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue. It was pioneered in London in January 2003 by Rev Les Isaac, Director of the Ascension Trust, and has seen some remarkable results, including drops in crime in areas where teams have been working. There are now over 100 teams around the United Kingdom.

Each city project is set up by Ascension Trust and run by a local coordinator with support from Ascension Trust and local churches and community groups, in partnership with

Each Street Pastor team consists of at least three groups of four, each of which will work a minimum of one night a month, usually from 10pm to around 4am.

Since it’s beginning in 2003 Street Pastors has grown rapidly. There are now over 150 Street Pastor projects around theUnited Kingdom.

During our history we have seen a number of participating churches including; St Marys, The Salvation Army, Jubilee Church, St Leonards, Banbury Community Church, Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Francis, Southam Road Evangelical Church, Kings Sutton Baptist and St John the Baptist, Bodicote.

The local coordinator is Geoff Scales from the Salvation Army, who is supported by a Management Committee made up of representatives from Jubilee Church, The Community Church, St Leonards and Marlborough Road Methodist Church.

For more details please contact Geoff Scales geoffscales@btinternet.com

email banbury@streetpastors.org.uk

www.streetpastors.co.uk

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