Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue.
Members from Purley Baptist Church join up with Christians from other churches in Croydon to patrol the streets on Friday nights. Their role is not to preach, but to listen, to care and to be of help and asistance to those out enjoying the night time 'economy'.
"One of the things we do" says Street Pastor Peter Bailey, "is to carry a supply of flipflops with us. Very often by the end of the evening, a small number of young women find themselves unable to walk in their high heels, and take them off. We give them the flipflops to protect their feet".
Street pastors go through an extensive training program of 12 sessions over a 5 month period. Leaning from experts, they are briefed on subjects ranging from drug awareness through to dealing with difficult situations.
Anyone over the age if 18 (no upper limit) who is a member of a church can apply to be a Street Pastor.
Watch the short video below of the Street Pastors at work on the streets of Croydon.
For more information contact Pam Searle Tel:07984 374830