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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.

 
Graduation Service                         Les Isaac OBE
Thursday 2nd March 7.30pm at S Chad

(refreshments will be served from 7pm)

You are invited to come and celebrate the commissioning of Street Pastors who have recently completed their training

Special Guest Speaker will be Les Isaac OBE (above), founder of Street Pastors


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.  


Christmas 2016 - News

Dear Friends,

May I wish you a very Happy Christmas, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our street pastors, prayer pastors and supporters for all that you have done and given in the last twelve months and continue to give.

Our teams continue to go out in Chadderton and in Hollins and Failsworth; at the moment it is every Friday in Chadderton and at least two Saturdays for the Hollinwood team. Two of our longest serving team members recently stepped down; Sylvia who has just reached her 80th birthday and Andrew who trained with her in 2008. Once again I want to say thank you to both of them for all they have done as part of our team over the last eight years. We do still have team members who were also part of that original team and these have been joined by others who have joined since and thankfully new recruits who are currently training to become street pastors. We are also blessed to have committed teams of prayer pastors who faithfully support our teams on both Friday and Saturday evenings.

It is encouraging these days that when the teams go out into our communities we are often warmly greeted and quite regularly people will stop us to express their appreciation for our presence there. We still do encounter challenging situations where we try to be a calming or reassuring influence and sometimes are able to provide practical help. A couple of weeks ago, we had no sooner set out before we met two women who asked us about Street Pastors and one of them told us how much she had also appreciated the Food Bank recently at the local church. We stood on the street corner in the pouring rain and briefly prayed with them. It became evident the other lady was not at all well and when we advised that she should not be out in the cold and rain without a coat she told us that she didn't actually have one. After we had wished them well and they had headed home, one of our team felt moved that she should buy the lady a winter coat. This she did the following day and it was duly delivered on the Sunday afternoon after church along with some flowers.

You will probably be aware that our recent bid for funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) was unsuccessful, although we are grateful for the support they have been able to give us in the past. I am overwhelmed by the gifts we have recently received both from local churches and individuals to help keep us going and greatly encouraged by this commitment and support. Because of this and the fact that we are still meeting such situations as described above I am convinced that we should continue and that God will continue to use us on our neighbourhood streets.

I would like to ask for your prayers specifically:

  • That God will provide for our needs and that we will be able adapt how we work and organise ourselves to enable us to continue.
  • For new team members, especially to join our Hollinwood team in Hollins and Failsworth and for the next training programme for new volunteers starting in April.
  • For new members to join our management committee to give us oversight as required under our licence agreement with the Accession Trust.

Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas, and happy new year.

God bless

Graham Radcliffe 
Coordinator Oldham South Street Pastors 
0161 652 1797 
0742 513 9017


 

Summer 2016 - News

Dear everyone,

It is good now to have our two bases to operate from; South Chadderton Methodist Church on Friday evenings and Hope Methodist Church, Failsworth on Saturdays. Over the last few months, the Chadderton based team have been concentrating their efforts around the South Chadderton and Freehold Metro stops. The Failsworth team are currently having to reduce their presence to two or three evenings per month due to the number of volunteers we have available, but have still managed to maintain a presentence around the centre of Failsworth and in Limeside.

In June we had already noticed that for several weeks, large numbers of young people had been gathering later in the evenings around the Metro stops in South Chadderton and Freehold. They had been drinking and were generally behaving rowdily. One particular evening things began to kick-off earlier. When the Street Pastors got to the South Chadderton tram stop there were about 20 youths already causing a nuisance and other folk on the platform were finding them very intimidating. The team stayed with a lady who was frightened and she boarded the tram with us. The teenagers also got on the tram and again the passengers felt threatened by the group’s behaviour. The group all disembarked at Freehold, as did we, and again they continued to make a nuisance of themselves on the platform, jumping onto the tracks and kicking the fittings. When the Street Pastors tried talking with the group they did not want to engage, so the team remained, trying to give some reassurance to passengers. Among them were two young Asian lads who were waiting for the tram back to Oldham and were dressed in their best clothes for mosque as this was during Ramadan. We stayed and talked to the 2 lads until their tram arrived as they were scared. Eventually, after about 45 minutes, the group of young people moved off up Block Lane.

As we started out the next Friday, it seemed that we were in for a repeat of the previous week’s night of hooliganism with youths already milling about on Coalshaw Green Road outside one of the shops. When we went inside to check things, the shop-keeper asked us "what can you do to control this behaviour?" as he watched his CCTV. Our response always sounds a bit lame, "We cannot control it, but we try to be a calming influence" (not to mention the work of our prayer pastors behind the scenes). As we moved on by the park, a group of four girls came across having just got off the tram from Oldham. One of them advised us to stick around as there would be a lot of drinking later, but as they headed off the same girl remarked to her friends that we were alright and that we had helped her last week when she was "smashed". Things did quieten down, so we again made our way up to Freehold. A group of about 8 to 10 lads then came up to the tram stop via Robinson St and we recognised them as part of the larger group we'd seen earlier outside the shop. Hilary, who had been out the previous week, also recognised them as being involved in the antics we encountered the Friday before. One of the lads who had again had been drinking, came across to speak to us and said to his mates, "You might think I'm a Muppet talking to this lot but, I'm telling you that this lady helped me last week when I was steaming!" Hilary was greatly surprised that he or the girls we met earlier could remember anything from the previous week as they had been so drunk. Once again I think the work of our prayer pastors cannot be overestimated and things have since calmed down a lot.

By total contrast, on a much quieter evening in Failsworth; it had been very wet and the first of England's Euro 16 matches was on TV, so as anticipated there had not been many people about. As the team walked up to cross the canal there was a boat coming up from Manchester towards the basin. They were looking for somewhere to moor for the night but carried on. When the Street Pastors got onto Oldham Road, they saw what they thought were some youths on a bridge further up the canal. Although this was outside their usual area and they were not sure how to get to it, they felt led to go and investigate. It turned out to be the people from the boat going through the lock, but they then saw a lone female sat by the lock, in a world of her own. Andrew says, "We felt that we had to check she was OK. She looked like she was a teenager but was older than we thought and in her 30s." They had bought some cornflakes to eat - and that proved to be a real icebreaker! They got into conversation about Street Pastors, gave her a lolly and she told them she had been waiting for someone but they hadn't turned up. The team then walked her back safely to Oldham Road as she made her way home.

Thank you for your support and God bless

Graham Radcliffe 
Coordinator Oldham South Street Pastors 
0161 652 1797 
0742 513 9017



Congratulations to Sylvia on her recent birthday!
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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