Saturday, 14 January 2012

CSP Report - 14th January 2012

Chesterfield Street Pastors Report
Saturday 14th January 2012

2 groups of 3 street pastors patrolled from 10pm to 2.30am
6 prayer pastors remained at base until we left after our break.

Statistical information
7 pairs of flip-flops were given out
5 bottles of water issued
29 Bottles picked up and made safe.
0 Space blankets
14 significant conversations
no calls from CCTV/Police were had throughout the night.
no first aid requests

No fights were witnessed

As is evident from the statistics above, we had again experienced a quite night,  Some of the clubs, bars and a couple of fast food outlets have recently closed, after midnight this concentrated the folk out and police presence mainly onto Corporation Street and Stevenson place,

No fights were witnessed and as a concequence there was no need for any first aid to be given.

Both teams had conversations with a few regular folk that we meet each week and who are clearly getting to know us, We made a point of going into the Winding Wheel to find out about the function they had on that evening and always try to be around when the group are leaving, we are always welcomed and grateful for a few minutes to warm up just a little

We also make a point of regularly patrolling through the church yard of the Crooked Spire, We have on previous occasion met up with some vulnerable individuals here, We came across a few late Christmas party goers, A group from Ilkeston, one young man was observed struggling to fasten his coat and a young girl with them having difficulty walking, simple practical help of fastening a coat and steadying the young girl  brought about a conversation that is always a privilege to be a part of , hopefully any act of kindness will contribute to a calmer atmosphere and a feeling around town of our young people being valued.

One group of Street Pastors came across a young man who wanted to talk, he felt his gambling problem was becoming out of control and the debt he had was mounting up; one of the Pastors was able to direct him to someone who would be able to support him.

We came across a young man being very sick out of the window of a stationary car - his mum had been called to collect him. We gave him some water and helped clean him up a little before giving out a sick bag for the journey home to his thankful mum.

Both teams received numerous expressions of thanks for the work that Street Pastors undertake week by week. Hugs, photos and handshakes are regular requests

We returned to our base (Grace Chapel) to pray, for those we had met, those still out in the town, It had been a cold night (-3C recorded on mobile phone) .