Rugby welcomes six new street pastors in Caldecott Park this Sunday

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SIX new Street Pastors will be commissioned at an outdoor service in Caldecott Park on Sunday September 2 at 5pm.

The Pastors are volunteers who have made a welcome impact on Rugby’s town centre streets, where they patrol at the weekend in the early hours of the morning. Rugby’s first 18 Street Pastors were commissioned at an outdoor service in Caldecott Park in August 2010 with a further 18 commissioned in August 2011. Ever since, they have been patrolling the Town Centre streets from 10pm to 4am every Friday & Saturday night. Each pastor undertakes over 40 hours of mandatory Ascension Trust training and will attend a further 20 hours of training over the forthcoming months.

Bob Reeve, Rugby Street Pastor coordinator, said: “A presence of Street Pastors at 3.30am in the morning around the clock tower in Rugby town centre, where intoxicated clubbers congregate whilst waiting for a taxi, brings a calming, reassuring influence. Many people have said they feel much safer when they see Street pastors are watching out for them. The role is not about preaching heaven and hell, but one of listening, caring and helping - working in an unconditional way.

“People in Rugby are now getting to know that the Church is there for them in a practical way.”

He added: “Whether Street Pastors are pointing people in the right direction, persuading someone not to do something, providing emergency first aid, giving out flip-flops and lollies, or just being a shoulder to cry on, they are practically demonstrating the Christian ethos of caring for one another, not just to one another in their respective church congregations, but to the wider community.”