Pastors party on to celebrate five years

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Hastings Street Pastors celebrate 5 years of their presence on the streets of Hastings with a special weekend starting tomorrow Saturday May 30.

Teams of Pastors, from their base at Wellington Square Church, have patrolled the town centre streets twice a week, late at night, since their launch in February 2010. Their five year anniversary party kicks off tomorrow (Saturday May 30) when the co-founder of the International Street Pastor movement, Reverend Les Isaac OBE, will be the special guest at a celebration service at 7pm supported with music from the Street Pastor Band at Holy Trinity Church on Claremont. Afterwards, outside His Place Community Church 8.30-9.30pm, ‘The Remnant Gospel’ Swing & Blues band perform a live set complete with cake, coffee & balloons.

On Sunday (May 31) Wellington Square Church Hastings, 3pm, Street Pastors invite all to a Civic Service. Along with worship music there’s an opportunity to bless and pray for the town of Hastings and all who work so hard to make Hastings a safe place to be and live. Les Isaac will be joined by the Deputy Mayor and other local dignitaries.

Teams of at least 4 uniformed, trained & checked Street Pastors from 28 local churches have helped around 6500 people in the last five years, earning a widespread reputation, particularly for their care of the more vulnerable people they encounter on the streets of Hastings. A spokesman said: “Volunteers do not preach but engage in listening, caring and helping in a non judgemental way to everyone they come across. Six lives have been saved as a direct result of their work. “They can be seen out and about from 10pm often returning after 3am in all weathers.”

The street team often encounter ladies with broken stilettos, in high heels or barefoot and over 1700 flip flops have been freely given away to grateful recipients.

Since its inception the Street Pastors project has reaped many accolades; it won the 1066 Community Award in 2012 and 2014; Building Bridges Award in 2012, and Highly Commended for Service with a Smile in 2013. For further information call 07964 167870 or email:john3.16west@btinternet.com