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Glasgow Street Pastors is now taking applications for our Spring Training Programme which commences on 22 April at 7:15pm.  Training sessions will be held on Zoom while restrictions are still in place. Please click the ‘I want to volunteer’ button to take the first step in joining an exciting ministry that is preparing to be Fit for the Future!
At our recent AGM the reports from various leaders underlined how the work of Glasgow Street Pastors has continued both humbly and patiently throughout two lockdowns. Humbly, as we have supported partner agencies while we have been unable to patrol and patiently on the occasions when we have planned and prepared for a return to limited patrols only for restrictions to once again be put in place closing down the city centre night-time economy.



The AGM underlined our commitment to Glasgow Street Pastors being Fit for the Future. It is difficult to predict what the city centre will look like, particularly in the evenings and through the night at weekends, but one thing is sure, with God’s help, Glasgow Street Pastors will be ready to serve as we have been doing for the last eleven years. Our Management Team policy is that following the lifting of current restrictions, whenever that might be, and a return to Level 3, we can move to reinstate day time patrols, which we are all looking forward to as a first step back on the streets again.



We also had the joy at our AGM of welcoming the Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors of the West End SP initiative as they became part of Glasgow Street Pastors. We believe this to be a wonderful opportunity to advance the work of God’s Kingdom throughout the city, drawing on the strengths, experience and unity of purpose we share as we support and encourage one another. 



‘Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus is calling us.’



Philippians 3 v 13
During this period of 'lock down' and 'isolation', we are still busy, ensuring that when the time comes we will be ready to resume patrols on the streets and in our Safe Zone. Our teams have been 'meeting' and communicating through a variety of platforms on the nights when they would have been on patrol and our Management Team has also been meeting by Zoom. We are producing a weekly newsletter, posted on a Friday, which can be found in the docs section of our website. Many of our volunteers are activley serving through their churches and other voluntary agencies.  Never has their been a time when our mandate to 'listen, care and help' been more relevant and will continue to be so when we come out of these difficult days.

The Spring Training Programme for new volunteers will commence on Friday 28th February 2020. Being involved with Glasgow Street Pastors on the streets, in the Safe Zone or as a Prayer Pastor is a way in which to demonstrate the love of God through very practicle acts of service, care and compassion. Our teams of volunteers go out in Jesus name to 'listen, care and help' in whatever ways they can. Why not join us and be a light in the heart of the city as we serve those who use the night time economy. Hit the 'I want to volunteer' button to start the journey!
Our Friday/Saturday Teams 1 are on active duty this weekend in the Safe Zone and on patrol outside. Last week was a relatively quiet one for our teams however the return to the city of the student population will vastly increase the numbers on the streets from this weekend onwards. Please pray for all young people leaving home for the first time.

Tonight, we have a Quality Assurance visit by a team from Ascension Trust Scotland. This will be an opportunity to reflect on what is positive about GSP and take steps to increase the effectiveness of this special ministry. Our new trainees will be doing sessions tomorrow on Cultural Awareness, Safeguarding and First Aid training and our co-ordinator will be attending a course on Roles and Responsibilities in Perth at the same time. During the week 37 Street Pastors attended safeTALK training delivered by Stewart Moore from Social Work Services in his own unique and incredibly helpful style. GSP is committed to ‘up-skilling’ in order to meet the changing challenges faced on the streets and in the Safe Zone. 

Please pray for many “God appointed meetings’ this weekend as we go out once again to ‘be the Gospel’.
During the month of March our teams on the streets and in the Safe Zone assisted over 150 people who found themselves in a state of vulnerability while using the city centre on a Friday and Saturday night. What a blessing therefore that we had 85 Street Pastors patrolling in our teams during March and 29 providing help and support to the vulnerable in the Safe Zone. Our presence in the Central Station also provided assistance to over 20 people. We are blessed in GSP with an amazing team of volunteers, which is also recognised by the general public, who consistently show their appreciation for the work we do when they meet us on duty. Full details of the statistics for the month can be found on in our documents page.

With all the experience we have in our teams, we still never lose sight of the fact that without the help of the Holy Spirit and the prayer backing we receive, we would find ourselves struggling to see positive outcomes for some of the people we encounter. Arranging transport and making contact with family and friends can be problematic. Supporting people with suicidal thoughts and other mental health issues, dealing with those who have used mind altering substances, all of this can stretch SPs to the limit. Without God, circumstances can seem like mountains but with God ‘all things are possible’.


Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me




Our training programme concluded on Saturday with great sessions on Prayer and Homelessness. Special thanks to Willie Henry (Prayer Pastor Co-ordinator) and David Harper from Glasgow City Mission for his experience, passion and wisdom. Twelve new SPs are now integrated into our existing teams and four in the Safe Zone. Please get in touch by clicking on the 'I want to volunteer' button if you are considering becoming part of this exhilarating ministry.

‘To God be the Glory’.
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