The Olympics are under-way and Street Angels - CNI Network are active in making the experience a great one for those visiting London and other Olympic venues.
Working with More Than Gold on Games Pastors, 300 volunteers are based at airports, train stations and on the streets of London talking to people and helping those in need. So far they have: offered support to a homeless man; helped a man who was feeling suicidal to see life differently; helped a family including athletes arriving at Luton with no luggage (the airline had sent to a different airport) to find clothes and emergency accommodation; talked to countless people; and made links with other volunteers and workers.
Please pray for those who are volunteering, the steering group and those in the control room and those we help and talk to...
Games Pastors in Newcastle video
SA-CNI is also a partner with FGBMFI and Share Jesus International working on the More Than Gold trailer outreach. The trailer opens up to become a stage with PA system and musical instruments on board. Several venues across London are hosting the trailer and putting on events with music, dance, drama, family fun days, youth nights and food evenings.
Paul and Jean were at the event in Brixton, at the start of the High Street, which saw tens of thousands of people passing on foot, cars and buses. Working with Alpha Church - a Brazilian and Portuguese church - the day included music, dance and testimony. On Monday the trailer was in Greenwich and was part of a youth night for a few hundred young people on an estate and Wednesday saw the trailer on the Old Kent Road at New Covenant Church with robed choir, fantastic singing and free food! The trailer is proving a great way of bringing joy to the streets!
You can see where the trailer is next on our Facebook page or search #LondonTrailer in Twitter or Facebook.
From our Blog:
Goodnight from him - Adam May says farewell to SA-CNI
Whitby Street Angels launch
Beverley Street Angels launch
Free conference for SA-CNI linked projects - Healthy Communities
Halifax Street Angels newsletter
Report from the 65 day Praise Bus Torch Tour
Andy Burns from Street Chaplains Dundee is organising an outreach at the Edinburgh Festival over August Bank Holiday weekend. We aim to do Street Angel style patrols of the city as well as fun activity such as busking (we are also looking for a bag-pipe player!) To join us please email firstname.lastname@example.org - we have sourced some rooms at a faith college (which need to be booked by 5th August). So far volunteers from Stockton, Halifax and Dundee will be part of this.
We have updated both the SA-CNI - www.sa-cni.org.uk - and Love Your Streets - www.loveyourstreets.org.uk - web sites.
Love Your Streets is to be part of the legacy of the National Day of Prayer at Wembley Stadium and we are working with Neighbourhood Prayer Network on content for the book which will be published around a lasting legacy. Paul has met with a Pastor from the Jesus House / Redeemed Christian Church of God network to look at linking Love Your Streets with a similar initiative working with the black majority churches - more news soon!
We welcomed Carmarthen Night Light in West Wales as a new CNI linked project - find out more about this project: Web Site / Facebook / Twitter
SA-CNI joined with The Leprosy Mission to hold a Duck Chuck at Bolton Abbey - around £300 was raised for the work of SA-CNI with £1500 raised altogether for the charities who took part. See the pictures at the Mega Giant Yellow Duck Facebook page!
A reminder of our Photo Competition - get snapping and entering! Details are here.
Support Street Angels - CNI Network and Give As You Live. You download an app for your web browser that will open every time you go to an on-line store where the store will donate to your chosen charity. There is no cost to you and the scheme includes most stores including Amazon, Travelodge, supermarkets, M&S, etc. Visit here to sign up (and please encourage your volunteers to sign up as well)...
We are in the process of setting up an on-line shop for first aid supplies, jackets, baseball caps, etc - this will be available in the next few weeks but please contact Paul if you need supplies in the meantime.
Thanks to Valerie and John Heard from Briars Court Guest House in Gravesend who provided B&B for Paul and Jean whilst they were Games Pastoring. This is a great B&B run by a lovely Christian couple - so if you need a base in Kent or near to London this is a place to stay... Valerie and John are both involved in Gravesend Street Pastors as well.
Congratulations to Louise D, who purchased our very last Town Pastors Latitude 2012 mug! Well over 1,500 mugs were sold! See you all next year at Latitude 2013... Look out for the Festival Pastors and their refreshment tent.
Three young lads carried out a sponsored skate from Bradford to Castleford in July and chose Street Angels - CNI Network as the charity they want to support. They skated for 42 miles and endured a few bumps, scrapes and blisters on the way!
The money will be used as a fund available to new projects to help them to get started.
To donate visit the Skate4Change page.
Just a little insight as to what Blackpool & Fylde Street Angels did during the month of July.
Well done to all those who have invested into Blackpool.... This is a sample of the amazing things achieved by over 100 local projects each and every month - well done to all who make this happen!
To 12th August - Paul and Jean along with Trevor and Helen Bendrien are involved in Games Pastors and #LondonTrailer in London.
Tue 14th August - Paul meeting Bishop Tony, the Patron of SA-CNI and then at a Purple Flag meeting in Halifax.
Wed 15th August - Paul is taking part in a radio show for Radio Calderdale (hospital radio) to talk about the work of Halifax Street Angels, the growth across the UK, the impact of Games Pastors, etc
Wed 22nd August - Paul meeting Pastor Tunde and Laurence Singlehurst to talk about development of Love Your Streets in London
Fri 24th August - Mon 27th August - Edinburgh Festival outreach with Street Angel patrols, music, busking, etc
Wed 29th August - Paul is talking to young people as part of the National Citizen Service programme as part of the groups community visit
Sat 1st September - Paul and Jean talking on Social Action and Evangelism as part of "Tell Your World" a day conference for young people and evangelism at St Andrew's Church, MIrehouse, Whitehaven - see Facebook page for details
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