Sweet Pastors return to Yarmouth streets
2017: After an absence of two years, Great Yarmouth Town Pastors (previously Street Pastors) will be out on the streets of Great Yarmouth again on Friday October 27.
The Town Pastors will be working alongside the police and other organisations, and their aim is to offer practical support and help to those visiting clubs, as well as watching out for rough sleepers. When they previously performed this role, they used to give out sweets, and were known around Yarmouth as the “Sweet Pastors”.
“When we were out two years ago our route would have been through St George's Park, King Street, Market Place Along Regent Road, Marine Parade, the Piers etc” explained Tricia Slade from Town Pastors. “This time it may be something different. Our prayer pastors back at base will sometimes receive a word(s) and guide us to where they think we should be. So, we will be listening to what is going on around us, hearing from the prayer pastors, and seeing what the atmosphere feels like. So, we could end up earlier in the evening around the town and piers, and then focus along marine parade after midnight. We will just have to see how it goes. Sometimes, no two nights are ever the same.”
The organisers expect this to be a regular monthly initiative, probably on the last Saturday of each month. “We will be there to engage with all people, whoever they are, where they are – on our streets, to demonstrate that every person is of value” said Tricia.
All the work is supported by the prayer team, and as this is the first night out for a while, they are inviting Prayer Warriors and Intercessors to join them for communion and prayer at St Andrew’s Church, Church Lane, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, NR31 6LS at 9.45pm in the Chapter House, before the Town Pastors drive to Great Yarmouth to start their evening”
In November, the town pastors will start from the Salvation Army. The pastors are currently from Gorleston Baptist Church and Salvation Army, although it is hoped that more churches will become involved as this becomes a regular event.
Norfolk Street Partnership has been meeting monthly with their Norwich counterparts ever since the Yarmouth Street Pastors had to stop a couple of years ago. “There have been times when nearly everything had fallen into place and we believed that this was the time, but God was still saying, 'not yet, wait' and so we believe that this is a Godly time to re-start” said Tricia.
Prayer cover is required until at least 2am while the pastors are out each month. If anyone can come, even for a short time, they will be most welcome.
For more information about becoming a town pastor or prayer pastor, please email Tricia at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01493 668235 or mobile: 07787946224.
This report is based on a story originally published on www.networkyarmouth.co.uk
Image of Yarmouth at night is courtesy of Mira66 on Flickr
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