Street Pastors

BangorArea StreetPastors <Bangor.Maine@streetpastors.org>
Date: Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 8:14 PM

Street Pastors ProgramBangor Maine now has an important Street Ministry! You may not have heard that Jesus has placed a new ministry within your neighborhood and your city. Amazing things are happening all around you! Are you surprised? Yes, the Bangor Street Pastors are on the streets of Bangor Maine Every Friday Night and have been for some time! Yes it is true! Look Around and Take Notice! Maybe you want to take part. This may be your calling or His calling. You may want to be part of this but you will need some training but don’t worry, it is available for the right person. Once again, your church affiliation has nothing to do with how you serve the Lord. Maybe it is part of how you are expected to be part of His Hands Ministry to the poor and suffering. Your service to God doesn’t have to take place once a week, it is expected everyday twenty four seven! Maybe you didn’t know that.

Here’s the latest news from Street Pastors.  Please share with the congregation. If anyone desires to become a street pastor (to go out on the street either at night or on the soon to be day shift) or a prayer pastor (to prayer for the team on Friday nights) please let me know!  Please be in prayer for this ministry and the people they meet.  God is at work in our community!  

 

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We began the night by walking toward the Homeless shelter. We met Hippy on the corner of 2nd St and Union. Hippy appeared under the influence of something. He did not respond to us at first but we were concerned for his safety. We gave him warmers and a tootsie Pop. We continued on to the homeless shelter where we met Erica who works at the shelter and John (who introduced himself as initially as Chuck). He was living in the shelter waiting for his SSDI case to be addressed.

We went onto Dunkin Donuts where we warmed up. There was an individual who was not dressed properly for the temperatures, and kept going in and out of the store. I approached him and asked if he had a place to go. He said he was waiting for a way to get home to Hampden. We talked through options with him and called a cab.

We walked or rather tried to walk – but skis or snowshoes would have been helpful – toward Sea Dog and Carolina’s. We did not run into anyone and headed over to Pickering Square, where we had brief
conversations outside the Waverly.

We ran into a large group outside of Paddy Murphy’s. Most were visiting Bangor from further North. They were very intoxicated, and talkative. Aaron a self-described Atheist wanted to debate political topics, but couldn’t stay on topic. Dakota was looking for a Dance partner, and another group started smoking what smelled like marijuana. Dakota really didn’t take no for answer until he smelled what the other group was smoking.
{The bouncers at Paddy’s helped handle the situations here}

It might be helpful given the change in state law to familiarize ourselves with the smell of marijuana.

We handed out a large number of tootsie pops and headed back to the church to warm up.

NOTES FROM THE MANAGEMENT TEAM

We will be holding training the next few months,working to finish the final pieces of what we promised to teach from the Ascension Trust checklist. You will get a notice or email that tells you how many hours you’ve completed and what you’re missing, so you can be sure to attend those. We will start doing ‘catch up’ for the specific trainings large numbers of people have missed.

It is really important to get to the trainings each month both for the information we learn AND because we need to see each others faces and be in community!! it’s good to know people so if you have to swap a shift you know someone to call a little more personally. If the scheduling is bad for you, please let us know that and offer suggestions of better times! We can plan for other days if we need to.

Thank you all for your sacrifice of time and commitment to Street Pastors.

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“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ~ John 13:35
(VERSE OF THE WEEK)
FRIDAY – 20 January, 2017
STREET PASTORS:
Team Leader: Sam
Brenda
Harvey
Dan
PRAYER PASTORS:
Mary
Susan & Ralph
Beth
Jason & Stacy
Hippy– safety and warmth
John – resolution as he waits on SSDI
All the homeless, high, and lost- that they will have support & help available when they need it!

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19 March, 2017
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Grace United Methodist Church at 193 Union Street here in Bangor Maine has been blessed to not only be part of this important ministry but to be the Home Base! Even small churches can be part of God’s special plans. It amazes me to think about it! It doesn’t require a huge congregation to do big things. It requires committed Christians to move mountains in His name. Thank You Jesus for showing me the way!

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A recent news article featured in the United Methodist Weekly Digest. At the picture on the left, Street Pastor Brian Gillespie of Grace UMC speaks and also listens.

StreetPastorBrian

From this article, On a typical evening in Bangor…..On this Friday, two women cross the street to approach MacLeod, Coffey and Gillespie and ask: “What’s a Street Pastor?”   MacLeod, a member of North Brewer-Eddington UMC, defines Street Pastors as volunteers who “walk the streets of their community to provide practical kindness, help and a listening ear. Sometimes people just need someone to talk with them; sometimes they need a bottle of water.”   “You’re being super helpful and super nice,” one woman says. “We definitely notice you guys.”   Earlier, MacLeod, Coffey and Gillespie spoke with a couple who were watching a free outdoor screening of “Saturday Night Fever.”   When the Street Pastors say they meet at Grace United Methodist Church and ask if they know it, the woman responds: “Everyone knows where Grace is; anybody who wants a good meal knows where Grace is.”   Maintaining a relationship with law enforcement is part of the ministry. But the couple does not attend that church or any other Christian church.   “I’ve actually been kicked out of churches because I didn’t fit their profile of somebody who went to church,” the man said.   Asked who kicked him out, he said, “The pastor. I didn’t fit his idea of a churchgoer.” He had been homeless, he said, and had been wearing the same clothes for a couple weeks. “Maybe I did not smell all that good, but it’s Church.”   The man said churchgoers make remarks characterizing poor and homeless as people as “just there for the free food. Well, if you read the Bible, how did God attract His followers? He clothed them. He fed them. He preached to them; he didn’t’ cram it down their throats.”   “I am sad to hear that it was a human in a church that gave you that impression (that the homeless are unwelcome),” MacLeod said. “That was not God.  … Jesus was homeless … once he started his ministry, he walked about.  We should have a very special place in our hearts for those who are homeless, and God does as well.”   MacLeod encouraged the couple to revisit the many “very welcoming churches” in Bangor. “We need you,” she said.   Coming away from that encounter, MacLeod said: “We’ve hurt people, we as the Church; we have to stop doing that.”

Debriefing

The bars close at 1 a.m., and the Street Pastors head back to the church around 1:15 or so. They gather for a debriefing session and maybe a couple cookies.   During the debriefing, Nicol talks about her longest encounter of the evening.   On a second swing through Pickering Square where the movie was playing, Nicol approached a young man – he’s 19 – who seemed to be staring at the sky. At first she imagined he was high, but realized he was watching the spotlight from a nearby casino.   She sat on the ground to talk with him. He’s homeless, he told Nicol, but resisted going to a shelter. He’d promised to protect a young woman who is also on the street this night.   “He really wanted to have a conversation about how to go back to church,” Nicol said. While he did not want to share many personal details, he did say he was brought up Baptist and raised in a strict environment “that made him feel bad.”    “He wanted to be able to ‘do stuff.’ I love it when younger people are like ‘I still want freedom to do stuff.’ What? Do stuff that will impact the rest of your life and you just don’t get it?” Nicol asks.   Rev. Kate Nicol talks with a homeless man about returning to church.  Despite his friends trying to derail and mock a talk about God, the young man “wouldn’t give up the conversation,” Nicol said.   “I gave him the general theological argument that ‘no, God did not take away your (housing) voucher to teach you a lesson.’ Because that’s what he was thinking … I said ‘I don’t think that’s the way God works,’” Nicol said, and offered him this advice:   “I do think if you really want help, if you actually want to change, one of the ways that can help you is   to join a church, a community that supposed to be a supportive community for you. Try the ones you talked about; try different ones; try whatever really, but try something.”

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