STREET PASTOR BLOG
I became a Nottingham street pastor as soon as I could – when I was 18. It is my passion. I go out the 4th Friday every month 10pm to 3 am and sometimes they even let me be team leader!
Beeston Oasis financially support the Nottingham street pastors so I thought I would tell you a bit about us.
What is a Street Pastor
Street Pastors are Christians in action. A street pastor is a volunteer who cares for, listens to and helps other people, particularly in the night-time environment, in busy areas where people are drinking, partying and moving between pubs and clubs. We are concerned for our community, for vulnerable people and, especially, for young people – more than half the people we meet are between 18 and 25. We have a training programme and then go out into Nottingham city centre every Friday and Saturday night. We do other events like goose fair and splendour. Sometimes we just meet and chat to people but we are also able to respond to situations where a night out hasn’t gone as planned, where there is anti-social behaviour, or emotions are running high or issues from drink and drugs. We have seen a massive rise of drugs like black mamba.
A street pastor is someone………
with a genuine interest in people.
who can resist making assumptions.
who can give the gift of time.
who is patient.
who is good a reading body language.
who is skilled in starting conversations.
A typical night……
There is no such thing really as 2 nights are never the same but often we:
Walk a lot.
Talk a lot.
Help people that are upset or had one too many,
Pick up bottles
Talk to the homeless,
Give out lollipops, water and flip-flops.
Get lots of hugs and proposals (especially if your name is LUCY)
September there was 5 Fridays so my team were doing the 4th and 5th this month which was 22nd and 29th.
On the 22nd there was 3 of us and a lovely prayer pastor who prays for our team came out with us until the break. We spoke to lots of homeless people on the streets, quite a few were sleeping or didn’t want to be bothered so we gave them water and moved on. It really does open your eyes and makes you appreciate what you’ve got.
We talked to a fresher’s organiser and she said that her group of students had nights out for the next 9 nights!!! We could tell the students were back as town was busier. We got a call to a guy who had fallen over but when we got there he was ok, however a very drunk girl was across the road, so we sobered her up and put her in a taxi, she kept calling me Freya and hugging me and she had only just turned 18, her friend stayed with her and she went home. Quite a lot of friends just leave them, many times we have got to young people in a drunken state and their friends were in the club and had left them.
After our McDonalds, we were a 3, we went walking and walking. We sometimes get calls on the radio – tango victor/CCTV call us if they need street pastor assistance. After the break it was quiet (oh no! I’ve said the q word!) We came across a girl and she was lying in the doorway, intoxicated, we gave her water and stayed with her, a paramedic was there to help too, we called her mum and her mum came to pick her up. At 2:50am we walk back to Malt cross and have a de-brief and prayer and head home.
Week 2 the 29th September:
We have the full team this week, 8 of us. 5 went out on their patrol and myself and 2 others went to fundraise for street pastors. People were very generous.
After the break I was team leader and was given the radio, and there was 3 of us altogether in the team. When there are 2 teams 1 half goes to a particular side of town and the other half go to the Lace Market. We were doing the Lace Market. We walked around spoke to a lot of people, students etc. Gave out lollipops. There was a group of people, near the Brian Clough statue and a girl was having a panic attack. She was really struggling to breathe and she was really struggling. Her friends stayed with her and were amazing. I phoned the ambulance and they said there was high demand, her breathing was getting better, but she was shivering so we put one of our space blankets over it. When we were with this girl, another group came down the hill and they were laughing and giving each other piggy backs, and unfortunately they fell and a girl broke her leg. We covered her with a space blanket and with luck one of her friends was a nurse and was very good and calm, even when people try and intervene. Our ambulance came for the girl with the panic attack but once they saw the broken leg they went to her first. We left soon after the paramedics came. It was 3:30am and we were all tired, we walked back to the Malt Cross and had a prayer and de-brief.
That’s what normally happens –there is just a burst of things, that we go too, sometimes we know its God working with us, as we just happened to walk down near the statue and were able to help them.