More Street Pastors for Rugby

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Ten new Street Pastors were commissioned at a church service held at Rugby Christian Fellowship.

They will work on a voluntary basis to provide a Christian prescence in the town centre at night.

New street pastors for Rugby.

New street pastors for Rugby.

Pete Hickey, co-ordinator of Rugby Street Pastors, said: “The purpose of Street Pastors is to provide a Christian presence on the streets in local communities, in order to care, to listen, and provide practical help to any of the patrons of the night time economy in need of assistance.”

Teams patrol the streets of Rugby every Friday and Saturday night from 10pm – 4am the next morning.

Rugby has 39 Street Pastors, all unpaid volunteers, making up eight separate teams.

After the service, the new Street Pastors, some of the existing team and church leaders were joined by Rugby Mayor Sally Bragg, Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Seccombe TD, Sean Lawson, PC Rebecca Bailey and the Rev Michael Bochenski for a celebration buffet meal .

The Mayor said: “It was a real pleasure to attend the commissioning service and meet the dedicated new recruits who have attended hours of training.

“They will now join experienced pastors for weekend evenings and into the early hours, to make a positive difference. The pastors care for night time revellers in the town, keeping them safe and offering help in an unconditional and non-judgemental way.”