The first-ever group of Spalding Street Pastors will take to the streets on Friday night hoping to become a regular sight in the town.
Guests from the church, business and political worlds have been invited to The Lighthouse Church in Haverfield Road for a commissioning service at 7.45pm where about 50 street pastors and prayer pastors will be present, before two teams go out on patrol at 10pm.
The scheme, run nationally by the charity Ascension Trust, has been backed by business leaders, police, Churches Together in Spalding and District, South Holland District Council, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick and John Hayes, MP for South Holland and The Deepings.
Pastor Chas Sandhu, minister of The Lighthouse Church and a member of Spalding Street Pastors’ management team, said: “We’re very pleased that volunteers from nine churches in our area have signed up to be either a street pastor, prayer pastor or both.
“We want to thank the councillors who gave grants to the scheme and it’s absolutely brilliant that it’s finally getting off the ground.”