Numbers up for street pastors
EIGHT new street pastors were commissioned at a service in Centenary Church, Boston.
This brings the number of Boston street pastors up to 34. The service took place on the 10th anniversary of street pastoring in Britain and was the third such admission service to take place in Boston.
Members of Boston churches were present alongside the volunteers.
Spokesman, the Rev John King said, "Sixty people were present. Mike Jessop, who heads up the movement in Boston, conducted the service. Mrs Joy Liddle, co-ordinator of Lincoln street pastors, spoke of the history of the movement, which began in London.
"Street pastors have 50 hours of training and their activities include listening, exercising a calming influence, giving out flip-flops, cleaning up broken glass, finding taxis and phoning parents."
The newly commissioned pastors are John Wright, David Herd, Andrea Herd, Colin Chambers, Elle Chambers, Kelly Wright, Margaret Allday and Leonice Eigenmann.
The eight new street pastors took up their duties under supervision at the conclusion of the service. They, along with the 26 experienced workers, were supported by about 34 prayer backers who stood ready with mobile phones and refreshments to answer calls for their services.