PASTORS (ABERDEEN) Aberdeen Street Pastors is an interdenominational Church initiative that seeks to respond positively to the various issues facing our evening economy and all those that visit our city centre during the weekends.
ver the last four and half years Aberdeen Street Pastors have been actively building partnerships and relationships between the Church and those that work and socialize in our vibrant city centre community. Each weekend can see around 20,000 people come in to the centre, celebrating with friends, enjoying the restaurants, bars and later the clubs as they dance into the small hours. We at Street Pastors are connecting with this diverse community through simple acts of kindness, and making ourselves available to care. Our hope is to demonstrate Gods’ love by being a listening ear and offering practical care and support, whether it’s a pair of flip flops for the girls hobbling around on heels or a supportive arm as we walk people to taxi ranks, administering first aid or calming people down when tempers fray often due to over indulging. We have celebrated with many and have been brought to tears as we have sought to support those that are experiencing the loss of loved ones, spouses and friends. Others have shared their concerns for the future and asked the all important spiritual questions of “ where is God in all of this? If there is a
God, that is?” We don’t claim to have all the answers but we aim is to show that the church is serious about people and helping the general public to see, feel and hear the goodness of God. This means we are committed not only to reaching people where they are at but also equipping a younger generation to make more positive life decisions through the development of a School Pastor project. Our mission is still to surprise the people of Aberdeen by being present in unusual places at unusual times, to listen and meet needs. After four years we are deeply encouraged by the level of support and encouragement our teams are receiving from the general public, our partners and the police. Aberdeen Street Pastors is just one of 14 initiatives in Scotland overseen by the Ascension Trust Scotland. In the UK the initiatives number over 200 with nearly 9500 volunteers committed to seeing our streets become safer. This is a movement that is equipping the wider Church to connect with its community in a more meaningful and practical way. For more information please visit www.streetpastors.co.uk
Programme for The Aberdeen Passion 2012