Community Pastors

Thanet’ Community Pastors

I love you guys !‘ : the words that show that we are making a difference on the streets of Thanet at night.

 

Who are Thanet’s ‘Community Pastors‘ ?

Community Pastors are Christian volunteers from across the denominations of Thanet churches, who give their time freely to support the public when they are enjoying the night-life on offer. These volunteers simply ‘do life’ with the night time community, being available to offer compassion to those who may need it. All volunteers are trained for the role and have DBS clearance.

The Community Pastors initiative brings together volunteers to serve a common purpose.  To put the Church into the heart of our community by listening to, engaging with and genuinely caring for peoples’ wellbeing on the streets late on Saturday nights. This is often by handing out flip flops, bottles of water and even sweets! We will signpost anyone in need to a place of support and safety and for those most vulnerable, provide safe passage home.

The Community Pastors initiative works in partnership with other organisations, such as the Police,  RNLI,  Coast Guards etc. and some local businesses.

 

Who are Community Pastors?

Community Pastors are Christian volunteers who have a desire to be a presence alongside those who might just be in need of some assistance. To be a Christian presence and a helping hand.

 

What do Community Pastors do?

Community Pastors patrol the streets of Thanet where there is the greatest need of their services. We look out for anyone on their own who may be in need, and offer assistance. We offer a friendly smile and the opportunity to talk with the simple message that we are around should there be a need which we can address. With there being more venues in close proximity which stay open for longer in Ramsgate, the majority of patrols take place there. When particular events take place in Margate and Broadstairs, patrols will be arranged to be there. Also, as the number of Community Pastors increases, it is envisaged to cover more than one town on the same night, and more than one night a week.

 

Who can become a Community Pastor?

Anyone who is aged 18 or over, and a committed member within a local church. They need to adhere to the Community Pastor ethos of being a Christian presence, and with a passion for the well-being of those enjoying Thanet’s nightlife.

 

How can I become a Community Pastor?

To enquire about becoming a Community Pastor please fill in the form provided at the bottom of the page. Parallel to this, you will be invited, as a visitor, to come out on a Saturday night and experience a patrol. That serves to inform you about whether you wish to pursue being a Community Pastor or not.

 

What is the application process?

After filling in the application form, a reference request will be sent to your application contact. After a positive reference has been returned, you will be asked to complete an enhanced DBS and to attend training. Only once an enhanced DBS has been returned and training successfully completed you can join us on the streets.

 

Partnered Churches

We receive support from a number of churches, particularly prayer support. Should you decide that being out late on the streets of Thanet is not for you, then we would value your partnership in prayer; an essential ingredient of our work. This takes two forms. Prayer support on a Saturday when we can contact you to pray for circumstances as they arise (though perhaps not into the very early hours!) and prayer support for the Saturday ahead, perhaps walking the streets during the day, praying over venues and localities in preparation. This prayer support is as important as walking the streets on a Saturday night.

 

Get Involved

We would love you to join us on team, please read the Criteria to become a Pastor & the expected responsibilities below and then fill in the form,: a member of our team will get back to you shortly.

 Criteria to become a Community Pastor

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years old
  • Be willing to commit to serving 1 night per month (from 9:45 pm to approx. 2:30am)
  • Have a positive reference from a Church Leader
  • Enhanced DBS check
  • Successful completion of training

(If you are simply supporting us in prayer then the above need not apply)

Expected Responsibilities

  • Work in a team of 3 to 4 people (each with at least one male and one female.)
  • Communicate between team members
  • Relay relevant night-time information to team leader
  • Engage with night-time goers to ensure wellbeing and safety
  • Form relationships with those working within the night-time economy
  • Provide safe passage home to the lone/vulnerable via linked taxi company
  • Adhere to and follow all guidelines in reference to Community Pastors street evangelism
  • Adhere to and follow all guidelines in respect of delivering the Community Pastors Brand, including wearing the uniform and identification provided

 

Volunteer Application Form

Please fill in the simple form below and we will get in contact to start the process.