As part of our commitment to show care and compassion to those in our city, we support the work of Glasgow Street Pastors.
Street Pastors is an inter-denominational church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue. There are now some 9000 trained volunteers in around 250 teams around the United Kingdom. Each city project is set in partnership with the police, the local authority and other agencies.
In Glasgow, there are about 100 Street Pastors out on the streets every Saturday night and every other Friday night. One of the team leaders in Glasgow is our Ruth Kelso.
You can get involved by supporting the work by praying, and also by being part of a team.
You can take your prayer support further by applying to be a member of the Prayer Pastors team. Prayer Pastors are a group of people from various churches in the Glasgow area who support Glasgow Street Pastors in prayer. They provide an essential support to the success of every engagement a Street Pastor has. This support is a real-time cooperation with the teams on the street as the Prayer Pastors are in communication with them throughout the night.
The Prayer Team typically prays for general things like safety, success, protection, relationships, and opportunities. But often they will be asked to pray for specific situations that are encountered during the night as teams are out. The people who pray most often will pray from their homes and at times join others at the base. The key element is that there are people praying.
If you are interested in being a part of the Prayer Pastors team, then you can contact Street Pastors through their website.
You could also apply to be a part of a Street Pastors team. They are looking for enthusiastic people who have a heart for Glasgow and are willing to give at least one night (9:30pm– 4:30am) a month to be out on the streets assisting and listening to those who frequent the City Centre. Street Pastors are available to listen, give assistance, offer aid when needed, and make the City Centre a more peaceful and safe environment. All volunteers will be disclosed, interviewed and provided with essential training.
You can apply through the website or by getting in touch at:
Glasgow Street Pastors
c/o Renfield St. Stephen’s Church Centre
260 Bath Street
Want to experience Street Pastors? For a closer look at Glasgow Street Pastors, why not try a taster night as an observer with them? They will place you on one of their teams and let you experience what they do each week. If interested, contact their office.
Glasgow’s Street Pastors website is at www.glasgow.streetpastors.org.uk