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, and brought to Wrexham in 2006.
The team in Wrexham was set up by Ascension Trust and run by a local coordinator with support from Ascension Trust and local churches, in partnership with Police, Council and other statutory agencies.
Street Pastors work in Wrexham Town centre on Saturday nights and two Fridays in the month, from 10 pm until about 4am. The Street Pastors work in teams of 4 and come from the churches in Wrexham.
To be a Street Pastor you need to be over 18, a church member and you must be able to commit to the training programme. The programme is designed to fully equip Street Pastors to respond to the needs of all the people that they engage with on the streets and takes place over 12 sessions.
ChristChurch heartily embraces the vision of Street Pastors and a good number of its members are active in the town wide ministry. Rosemary Burslem is the Street Pastor that ChristChurch specifically prays for .
Wrexham School Pastors initiative launched in 2013 at Rhosnesni High School. 11 School
Pastor volunteers have been trained and they are actively involved with the School community on a weekly term time basis (on 2-3 days each week). The main focus being a lunch time presence. We are exploring other ways of supporting the school, staff and pupils as we continue to partner together.
What is a school pastor?
A school pastor cares for and supports a ‘school community’. They promote safety and aim to be positive role models. School Pastors are there to listen, care, dialogue with and help young people to become good citizens.
Caring, Listening, Dialoguing, Practical Help
What are the responsibilities of a school pastor?
• To go on duty at times and locations agreed with the school.
• To listen, be observant and look out for young people that are vulnerable and respond accordingly.
• To build links with school community – young people, parents, school crossing patrols etc.
• To observe school pastor principles, health and safety guidelines and to only work within the remit of the role of a school pastor.
• Other duties, as requested by the school, e.g. mentoring, attending special events.