Co-ordinator’s News February 2019
During the January break and our annual In Day on Saturday 26th January, which was a wonderful time of giving God thanks for 10yrs of service in the city centre. We symbolically passed on a relay baton from the most senior member of the original group to the youngest member of the group being commissioned at the In Day.
Our teams were active again from the beginning of February. We are thrilled that our Safe Zone is now open on both a Friday and Saturday night providing a place of safety and care at our base in St George’s Tron Church. During February we had 62 Street Pastors on the city streets and, along with the Safe Zone, over 100 vulnerable people were given assistance. Full details can be found in the docs page. All of this backed up by the support of our wonderful Prayer Pastors.
Friday 1st March saw the first session of our spring training programme with 17 new trainees who have heard and responded to the call of God to become part of the Street Pastor family in Glasgow. These are exciting times for GSP. We continue to look to God for His guidance as we only want to go where He leads and keep before us Proverbs 3 v 5 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Co-ordinators News 19th November 2018
The past weekend saw 33 Street Pastors out on the streets, in the Safe Zone and Central Station, sharing the goodness of God and His enduring love. Over 100 pairs of flip flops were handed out and 146 bottles cleared from the streets, highlighting the practical nature of GSP work. Our teams held conversations with 56 men and women begging on the city streets. Some were facing the prospect of sleeping rough on both nights. To give away freely over 50 items of clothing donated by churches and individuals (thermal hats, socks and gloves) allowed the teams to show in further practical ways, something of the goodness of God and His love.
Since August a small team has been present in the Central Station from 10:30pm onwards on Friday and Saturday nights, working in conjunction with British Transport Police and Network Rail. This has been a new development for GSP and one which extends the practical support we offer to people as part of our ministry.
The work of GSP has been further enhanced recently by the opening of a new office in SGT. Office hours can be viewed on the home page. We have also appointed a new assistant to the co-ordinator and welcome Mrs Lorna Johnstone to the role and we are reaching the end of our Autumn Training Programme and look forward to welcoming 6 new Streets Pastors to the GSP family. For all of this we ‘give thanks to the Lord for he is good’.
Please take time to listen to this song by Tim Hughes. The words are a challenge to us all as we go in Jesus name to Listen, Care and Help.
VOLUNTEER WITH GLASGOW STREET PASTORS!
In Jesus name we walk the city streets to Listen, Care and Help in whatever ways we can. Why not join us?
Street pastors to operate from Glasgow Central Station
Co-ordinators News 5th March 2018
Full details of our statistics for the month can be found at our docs page. Our teams have recently been boosted by many newly trained Street Pastors. Why not consider volunteering with this vibrant Christian ministry as a Street Pastor, Safe Zone Pastor or Prayer Pastor and help to show, by word and deed, the love and compassion God has for all people.
Co-ordinators News January 2018
The annual In Day for Glasgow Street Pastors took place on Saturday 27th January at Mosspark Baptist Church. Following a warm welcome from the Rev Michael McCurry and worship led by Christy Passmore, the morning session took the form of our AGM. Reports were received from the co-ordinator, the Prayer Pastor co-ordinator, the treasurer and the team leaders from the Safe Zone. Our chairman, Alasdair Duncan, lead us through changes to the constitution before delivering his own report and reflections which included a moving ‘thank you’ to all involved in GSP. Lunch was served in the church hall courtesy of Dionne Abbot and her wonderful helpers. The afternoon session started with an inspirational worship session led by the Mosspark Baptist team after which the Rev Edwin Gunn spoke, very powerfully, on the need for Intimacy with God. The ‘worship and the word’ set the scene for Shaw Anderson (ATS chairman) to lead us through the commissioning of 18 Street Pastors from the Glasgow initiative, joined by 2 from Paisley. In a new development for Glasgow, we commissioned 17 Prayer Pastors, in recognition of the vital part they play in the work of GSP.
Friday 2nd February will be the first night of patrols for our teams in 2018. We’re delighted that the Safe Zone will be open on Saturday night too, a month earlier than last year and will be open every Saturday night until the end of June! Please pray for all our volunteers, old and new, as they go out once again or serve in the Safe Zone in Jesus name, to ‘listen, care and help’.
The new season of training commences on Saturday 17th February. If you know of anyone interested in volunteering with GSP then please direct them to the volunteer page where they will be able to find details about the application process.
To God be all the praise and glory. Amen.