Street Pastors launch in Congleton Oct 2013

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undefinedAn evening of worship at Congleton Town Hall was held to mark the launch Street Pastors locally. Street pastors are Christian adults who undergo training in order to voluntarily patrol the streets of town centre at night, helping and caring for people in practical ways.

The initiative has the backing of all the churches in the town and is supported by the police and Cheshire East Council. 

At the Congleton launch Tony Winter from Street Pastors UK spoke of the extraordinary growth in the movement across the world – and the positive impact the teams have on crime statistics and local well-being.

The Archdeacon of Macclesfield, Ian Bishop, who  preached at Congleton launch event, said: “Street Pastors is an amazing organisation.  It’s terrific that the Church can be seen on the streets making a real difference.  I want to congratulate everyone who has made this a reality.”

Amongst those pictured above: the Revd Andrew Lindley (a retired Methodist Minister who has driven the project forward); the Revd Canon David Taylor (Congleton Team Rector and Rural Dean), who is chairing the board of trustees in the town; members of the Middlewich Street Pastors; Tony Winter from Street Pastors UK; and local police representatives