Serving our communities

What we love to do

Town Pastors are Christian volunteers from local churches who are out in town centres on Friday and/or Saturday nights, being a positive influence on the streets and providing help and support to vulnerable people. In addition to our street patrols we are supported while out on the streets by a Prayer Team, some who pray at our bases in town while others pray from home.

Support

Giving dehydrated people some water to drink, helping people to get a taxi or waiting with vulnerable people Town Pastors support those in need.

Listen

We offer a listening ear whether you're upset, angry or simply want to chat.

Advice

Whether it's finding something to eat or the best way to get home, we can help.

Team

We work alongside Police, doorstaff and CCTV and with the agreement and support of District Councils to help keep our town centres safe.

Towns We Pastor

We currently operate in 10 towns in Suffolk and in Dereham, Norfolk. If you would like to know more about each scheme or to find out about becoming a Town Pastor please contact your local scheme via their website using the links below.

Things We've Done

Have You Seen Us?

You can find us across Suffolk and into Norfolk on town centre streets during Friday or Saturday evenings, depending on location, throughout the year. In addition we operate as Festival Pastors at the Latitude music festival at Henham Hall in July and at other ad hoc festivals as and when we are invited.

We like these numbers

A flavour of the work we have done through 2016-7 in towns around Suffolk

12,995 Water & Refreshments
4,403 Dangerous items removed
17,027 People we've helped
11,000 Man-Hours
Things We're Doing

Latitude 2017

  • 10 September 2017
  • Festival
  • Tony Hodge

FESTIVAL PASTORS 7TH YEAR AT LATITUDE

Town Pastors did a quick change and turned pink to become Festival Pastors, whilst other volunteers donned the special black and blue festival pastor aprons to serve in the café.

This year’s Latitude Festival (July 14-16) attracted a record 40,000 people from all parts of the UK, Europe and further afield to enjoy music from bands such as Mumford & Sons as well as ballet, comedy and the iconic pink sheep.

The 65-strong on-site festival pastors team also operated the café which, as well as tea and coffee, offered the chance to engage with the two resident artists in a live art project. Customers also talked to team members about their concerns and also posted prayer requests on a prayer board.

Festival Pastors have been serving at Latitude since 2011 and, with their distinctive pink high vis jackets, can be seen patrolling the vast campsite in pairs.

This year, churches of all denominations from across East Anglia, along with other Christian organisations, were invited to pray for the event and send in some messages which were displayed on the bunting in the marquee. An important ministry is provided in the Festival Pastors prayer tent where volunteers intercede for all aspects of Latitude, supported by the home prayer team maintaining regular contact throughout the Festival.

Despite having record attendance this year, the event appeared to go smoothly with excellent and positive relationships with the organisers and sterling work by the volunteers from across the Town Pastor family, many of whom gave up holidays to be there.

On Saturday we were joined by Journalist Keith Morris and his wife Nicky. They “tagged along” with one of the Festival Pastor patrols, as did a couple from the media company Higham who were taking footage for our new TP films. We also welcomed Brian and Tracey Heasley who joined us to pray and engage with festival goers. Brian and Tracey pioneered the remarkable work of 24-7 Prayer in Ibiza, and Brian is the International Prayer Director of 24-7 Prayer. Bishop Mike Harrison joined us on the Sunday.

A big thank-you to all the volunteers working at Latitude this year, as well as the organising committee for 2017, chaired by Major Barry Willson (FP event General Manager) included Liz Livey and Maggie Heath on Prayer, Jan Bedford (Latitude Coordinator), Glynn Williams, Neil Winton, Barbara Willingham, Shirley Austin, Angela Law and Paul Laughlin.

If you are a Town Pastor volunteer and would like to work as part of the Festival Pastor team at Latitude 2018, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

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Latitude Festival

Town Pastors have been present at the Latitude festival for the past 5 years under the name of Festival Pastors. Our activities include day patrolling of the camp sites and night patrols in the woods arenas; we are there for support, care and a listening ear.  Click below for further information and videos of Festival Pastors work.

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19 Westleton Way, Felixstowe, IP11 2YG, UK

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contact [at] townpastors.org.uk

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