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The work of the street pastors was a “privilege and an honor”


A team at BON CUR whose job to make the streets of Rotherham safer was to distribute candy and fliptops and help people get on taxis are withdrawing from the city center.

Rotherham Street pastors have patrolled in all weather until 4 a.m. Friday night since 2010, with members of Christian churches from across town volunteering for the late night service.

The concept was presented to Rotherham by Paul Hunt, of Rock Christian Center in Sheffield, after being first launched in London. brought the concept to Rotherham.

Paul said it had been “a real privilege and honor to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the streets of Rotherham for the past 11 years,” adding, “It has been a truly humbling experience to serve the people. people in different ways; simple gestures of handing out flip-flops and candy, helping people get home by taxi, laughing with the various city gate workers… “

But he said the group’s management committee felt “now is the time for the pastors of Rotherham Street to shut down,” adding: “With the nightlife economy in Rotherham, like many towns across the country, changing so drastically in recent years, the Pandemic gave the team the opportunity to celebrate what has been accomplished and allow street pastors to invest their time in the service of God and the people of Rotherham of others. manners.

Hannah Proctor, vice president of Rotherham Street Pastors, said: “While we may not have been on the streets on a Friday night due to the pandemic, all of our pastors have served God and the people of Rotherham. several other ways. .

Whether it was meeting needs through food banks, overnight shelters, or debt counseling, the church and local Christians have been central to serving, loving and caring. of the people and of the town of Rotherham.

“We would like to thank those who have supported us for the past 11 years or so – from those on the Council who provided us with a base and finances and the police officers who supported us on a Friday night, to the bouncers we shared a laugh. , a joke and chats with, as well as those who enjoyed pubs and clubs and trust us to serve you.

Cap for award photo: Paul Hunt (second from left) receiving a Commendation from South Yorkshire Police from World Cup referee and former police office Howard Webb.