Town Pastors

If you have been out on the town in Bury St Edmunds, you may have seen the town pastors out and about helping people. Jane has recently started volunteering with them and I thought some of you might like to do the same as I know how important volunteering is and sometimes we don't know where to look for opportunities.

This is what Jane wrote for me:

"The Town Pastors Scheme operates in Bury St Edmunds on Friday and Saturday nights. It is a voluntary Christian organization, and role of a Town Pastor is to be there for vulnerable people in the streets – this can vary from the homeless, to helping people who are drunk and diffusing difficult situations. Things that are not part of the job description for the community support officers, police or ambulance service, but by being there it makes the streets safer for everyone. Town Pastors pledge one evening a month, and the shift runs from 9.30pm to about 4am.

New Town Pastors are always needed, a reference is needed from your Church minister and a second personal one. That is followed by an interview and then a training course which is spread over six evening sessions. Topics covered include drug and alcohol awareness, first aid, how to talk to people, what to expect and prayer support.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Jo Copsey who is the founder and co-ordinator. Prayer support – either at the base in Bury or for an hour at home each month – is always needed too and appreciated."
All the Best!

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