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Street Pastors are volunteers from local churches who share a genuine concern for their community. They make themselves available to care listen, and offer practical help to whoever they meet whilst out on the streets for one evening per month.

  
Oldham South Street Pastors

We currently have two neighbourhood teams operating in Oldham which we are looking to strengthen, one based in Chadderton and the other in Failsworth. There are also teams in several other areas around Greater Manchester including one being established to work in the centre of Manchester. If this could be for you, come along and find out more at the new course:


The Chadderton Street Pastor team (above) goes out every Friday night, between 7.30pm to 12 midnight and since forming in 2010, they have been building relationships within the local community. The team often engages with groups of young people who gather within the neighbourhood and who usually ask, “What is a street pastor?” followed by, “Do you get paid?” When we explain who we are and why we are there, we are quickly accepted and begin to get to know them.

The Chadderton team, along with a similar team working in the Hollins and Failsworth districts of Oldham is part of the Oldham South Street Pastor Initiative.  


Autumn 2018 - News

Dear everyone

I am pleased to report that our teams are still out regularly in Failsworth and Chadderton and although there have been of some concerning issues arising mainly involving young people coming in from outside the area, so far we haven’t come across too much of this whist we have been out.

Mike and I were at a meeting recently talking about the role of Street Pastors, and it was mentioned that where ever across the country there is a Street Pastor team operating, police statistics show a marked drop in anti-social behaviour and even more serious crime and GBH. The importance of prayer and the part played by our prayer pastors was mentioned and a Police Officer who we have worked closely with over the years then said that you could always tell when the Street Pastors were out because there was a noticeable sense of calm and tranquillity that came over the area. It felt quite humbling to hear such feed-back.


David and Carol pause to pose at Freehold Metro

However there are times when our teams can offer more practical help too. Whilst Abi, Linda and Karl were out in Failsworth, they were told that a boy had collapsed at the tram stop. As they got onto the platform the young man was sitting up and a young lady who we later found out to be his girlfriend was sat with him. She told us that the young man was claustrophobic and had a panic attack due to the packed tram, and then collapsed. He was white as a sheet and shaking hard, and we were initially concerned that he may have taken something but they both assured us that he hadn’t and he did then start to calm down and the symptoms subsided. Linda put her jacket around the young man's shoulders, and we gave him some water and sweets to suck. He was now very anxious about getting back onto the tram to get his girlfriend home safely. We had a quick chat with the girl’s mum over the phone and reassured her that everything was ok before taking them both home.

On another occasion in Chadderton the team again just happened to be on hand when help was needed. As they were heading back to Thompson Lane they heard a loud screech and knew straight away someone had come off a motorbike. As they hurried up Whitegate Lane and near the Newsagents a man dragged himself onto the pavement crying out. David sprang into action to support the man lying down, careful not to move him. Carol and Donna were both on to emergency services giving details. It didn’t matter they said that two people were relaying info at this point. Passers-by and neighbours were also offering help. One lady phoned the man’s Nan on his mobile. Thankfully the man was conscious, talking, though in pain, a PC then arrived quickly followed by a response paramedic and then an ambulance crew. The man’s Nan had also arrived and was able to go with him in the ambulance and David told her that we would continue to pray and she was grateful. We had been told that the man was just leaving work so the following Monday David called in to his workplace with a card and met one of his colleagues who had been driving out from work just behind him. He told David that fortunately the man should make a full recovery.

Sometimes when we are out, although the streets we walk are familiar it seems as though we have entered into a surreal world. We were climbing the steps to Freehold Metro by the looming hulk of the derelict Hartford Mill when a young man and woman came flying down the steps from the platform. They stopped to chat with us and we exchanged a little good natured banter. He was smoking a roll-up and she had a half full glass of beer in her hand. They offered us a spliff, which we politely declined. They seemed to know what Street Pastors were and asked if we had lollies, so we obliged. As they departed the man insisted on shaking our hands one by one. At that point two PCSO’s and a PC came running down from the platform and shouting at the couple to stop. It appeared that there had been a confrontation with the PCSOs and the couple had refused to give their details. The couple shot down the steps with the Police following but were apprehended at the bottom. If they hadn’t stopped to chat to us they would have been well away, but it left us feeling that we really had a very different role and were viewed very differently to the statuary services.

For further information on Street Pastors, Prayer Pastors or how you can support the work of Street Pastors, please contact: Graham Radcliffe, Coordinator Oldham South Street Pastors
                        Mob: 0742 513 9017   email: graham_radcliffe@sky.com




Photo: Graham, Andrew and Sylvia outside Tesco


Street Pastors Graduation - Feb 16 

The Street Pastor Graduation Service on Thursday 25th February 2016 at S Chad was an amazing evening at which 20 new Street Pastors from the Manchester area graduated, including Rachel Cain from S Chad (below). 

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 





Street Pastors founder, Les Isaac OBE, gave a challenging message about the need for Christians to get out of the church to share hope in our communities. 

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all those who helped and supported the evening.

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Click on the button above to go to the National Street Pastors site

 

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