Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Street Pastors in Balham

Balham now has Street Pastors. A team of volunteers essentially from the Ascension Balham Hill, Bedford Hill Baptist, Balham Baptist and Balham Community Church have been out on the streets for the past few months.
If you're interested to learn more about what's involved then go to www.streetpastors.org.uk. It may be that you have the capacity and ability to be involved in social activism late at night on the streets of Balham.
Ben Goodyear, the Curate at the Ascension and the driving force behind the implementation of Street Pastors in Balham is looking for volunteers as they continue the growth of the Wandsworth Street Pastors Team. His definition of Street pastors is, 'a Christian with a concern for society – in particular for young people who feel excluded and marginalised'. According to Ben there's been a huge reduction in street crime in the following areas as a direct result of Street Pastors as the following statistics show:

95% reduction in Camberwell
74% reduction in Peckham
30% reduction in Lewisham within the first 13 weeks

The Wandsworth teams are going out in Wandsworth Town on weekday afternoons, and in Balham on weekend evenings.

We could get involved in one of two ways.

1. we could become a Street Pastor and receive free training before joining one of the teams out on the streets.
2. we could become a Prayer Pastor and join with other Christians praying for the Street Pastor teams when they're out and about.

For more information contact Richard Perkins on richard.perkins@christchurchbalham.org.uk