Practical Christianity at its best

Street pastor
Street Pastor Linda Farrer, an elder at Reid Memorial Church, Edinburgh

Tireless volunteers who help people worse for wear after a night out in Edinburgh have been commended by the Moderator of the General Assembly.

Right Rev Dr Russell Barr described the work of Street Pastors as practical Christianity in action.

He and his wife Margaret went on a patrol with a team on Friday night to see firsthand the help and support they give to vulnerable people, including those who are homeless.

The ministry is supported by the Church of Scotland Guild which has so far raised £84,034 for The Ascension Trust - the umbrella organisation of Street Pastors.

The money is used to develop training and other resources that have enabled the expansion of the work of the Pastors.

Iain Whyte, Secretary to The Guild, said: "The Guild is delighted to be working with the Street Pastors as they seek to be alongside people, mostly young people, at times of stress, vulnerability and even danger.

"We see the work of the Street Pastors as a living out of the Guild’s tenets of worship, prayer and action and as a practical demonstration of our call to serve.”

Edinburgh Street Pastors has been part funded by a Church of Scotland Go For It grant and donations from Kirk congregations across the Capital.