Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors - Valletta Jeremiah
Well hello friends. I hope you have all had a good year. The time goes so fast for me I don’t know about you.
Since my little write up last year telling you about Street Pastors, I thought I would fill you in on how things are going on in the Town Centre of Cwmbran.
For those of you who don’t know anything about Street Pastors, we are a group of Christians from different churches in Cwmbran who patrol the town centre on a Friday night, or any other night if there is anything different going on in town where there may be more people around.
We have all had weeks of training by the Police and we have top -up courses as well. When we go out we must be in groups of three with at least one man. We are all volunteers, which some of the young people we get in conversation with find rather odd. Then you’ll get another group who think we’re the best thing since sliced bread.
This year has been as eventful as the years before. One thing we noticed was things were finishing earlier as the night club in Cwmbran has closed. So we changed our hours and started at 8.30pm and finished at 12.30am.
It’s surprising the difference in age group of young people we come in contact with now. They are much younger. But they seem glad to see us around. We get into good conversations with them when we take a break in MacDonald’s. They always start up the chat. First, they want to know all about what Street Pastors mean and when we say we are from local churches they think we are going to preach the gospel at them. Then when we explain that that is not the meaning of our role and that we are out there to look out for them if they get into trouble e.g. help them get a taxi, sit and talk with them and offer help in any way we can if they need it. We carry flip flops sandals, water, lollipops and foil blankets. We also come across a few homeless people that sleep out around the town.
As well as Street Pastors, we have a group of Prayer Pastors who stay at our hub and pray for the Street Pastors while on patrol. If they come across a situation they will always ring the Prayer Pastors with information so they can pray for them and what they are about to get involved in. I myself have become a Prayer Pastor this year as I’ve had a problem with my leg and couldn’t walk as well. So instead of not doing anything I became a Prayer Pastor.
The work of the Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors is so fulfilling. Also, we are always in need of extra people. So, if you feel that you would like to give 4 hours of your time about 1 out of every 3 weeks why don’t you make yourself available.
Hope this has given you a little more insight into what we do. God bless Valetta