Stowmarket: Christian pastor team care for Christmas party-goers

Stowmarket Town Pastors will be working over the Christmas period. Pastors left to right, Tony Ciorra and Monica Gant. Stowmarket Town Pastors will be working over the Christmas period. Pastors left to right, Tony Ciorra and Monica Gant.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
4:00 PM

Pastors have been patrolling the streets of one Suffolk town offering refreshments and guidance to Christmas revellers.

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Stowmarket Town Pastors will be working over the Christmas period. Left to right, Monica Gant and Tony Ciorra.Stowmarket Town Pastors will be working over the Christmas period. Left to right, Monica Gant and Tony Ciorra.

Stowmarket Town Pastors have been on hand over the Christmas period when the town’s bars and pubs have been busy serving customers on Friday and Saturday nights.

The team, made up of 20 volunteers from churches in the town area, has been helping drinkers who may have lost their way for four years.

Monica Gant, 60, co-ordinator for the group, said: “We are a group of people from various different churches who get together to make people feel less vulnerable in the streets late at night whatever they maybe doing.

“People having a good time can feel very vulnerable if they are separated from friends and have had a few drinks. We are there to make sure people enjoy themselves safely and have some care if needed.

“I never feel afraid, we always feel protected, but we do come across some potentially volatile situations – sometimes when people drink it has an adverse effect.”

The pastors, who work between 8pm to midnight on Fridays and 10pm to 2am on Saturdays are linked with their Cafe 52 base in the town via radio link. Suffolk has similar pastor teams in other towns including Ipswich, Sudbury and Felixstowe.

If anyone is interested in joining the team they can email info@stowmarkettownpastors.org.uk

6 comments

  • You can see why with the attitude of lee Davies people are giving up going to church I find him sad

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    pandy

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Too much to drink in th old days and you'd find yourself in the back of a police van and in a cell for the night. Charged, bailed to court. Not street pastors to take over for drinkers own self responsibility. Nicer place to live too, when I walked the best there and back on weekend duty in Ipswich as well.

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    waspie

    Wednesday, December 25, 2013

  • How times change...back in the mid 70's I patrolled the streets of Stowmarket...in those days far less drunks and less money to spend on booze. If a person was worse for wear, arrested,took to station for their own safety from drink, not vulnerability to fear of being harmed, as they are in today's society. Hopefully this comment will be printed.

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    waspie

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Lee Davies you sound like a right good Christian when you say thanks alcohol do you mean you drink before you go? .

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    pandy

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Such nice folks. Perhaps they could be posted outside the churches tonight refusing admission to the once a year tight perm brigade who turn up to midnight mass to ruin it for the normal people, with their drunken sniggering and mumbling. So rude. We now pop in on Xmas day when all have gone to say our prayers, thanks alcohol.

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    Lee Davies

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • Why did you not print my comments about lee Davies report ?

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    pandy

    Friday, December 27, 2013

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