Embrace 2020 as numerals representing Wholeness and Growth, Goodness and Contentment
Cast off then your yesterdays’ broken dreams with its memories of fears and doubts
The New Year holds out for you Opportunities to Thrive and to be-come the very Best version of yourself yet.
So seize the moment: Grab hold of it. Arise shine, your Light has come.
Reverend Dawnecia Palmer
They will be spreading their message of peace and safety, and goodwill to all men by way of encouraging NO to Drink and Driving.
The Patrols visited schools in order to share about their endeavors to help keep Bristol safe and as the season of festivities gets underway so too the levels of drink and driving crimes. The Reverend Palmer and her team of well-wishers hope that their presence will act as a deterrent and reminder to potential offenders. She says “I hope that our little efforts over the period leading up to Christmas will help to lower accidents resulting from drinking and driving so that all may enjoy a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.”
The dates for ‘No to Drink and Driving’ patrols are as follows:
Wednesday – December 18th morning Cabot Circus Shopping Mall.
Thursday – December 19th afternoon Broadmead Galleries.
Friday- December 20th evening Easton.
Saturday – December 21st morning Fishponds.
Sunday – December 22nd morning Watershed @ Bristol.
Monday – December 23rd Old afternoon City covering King & Queen Square and Castle Park.
Tuesday – December 24th morning St. Pauls covering Stokes Croft
GOODWILL TO ALL HUMANITY
” May the Peace of God so fill our lives this Christmas season and throughout the coming new year. “
Reverend Dr. Dawnecia palmer
PEACEMAKERS Meetup on 22nd November took place in the Galleries over lunch at Chopstix Resturant, in Broadmead Shopping Quarter, Bristol.
Chopstix serves up an exciting menu of oriental street food – from the sweet and smooth to the hot, spicy, zesty and zingy.
The team and PPP Commissioner looked back over 2019 and discussed plans for 2020. Plans included updating the PEACEMAKERS Vision, Objectives, Patroling strategies, plus new and exciting initiatives for the UK and further afield. These will be made available to view on the Peacemakers Prayer Patrol website in January 2020.
Remembrance Day Parade at the Cenotaph on the City Centre
Richard Hope-Hawkins pays tribute and lays wreath remembering the Fallen at Fromelles
PEACEMAKERS Prayer and City Patrols Chief on her way to the Remembrance Day parade remarked, ” Let us continue to remember, lest we dare to forget”
“We pay honor to those who died in the Services, we are forever indebted with thanksgiving. We pray for those in the Services today, and for their families. We remember in our prayers those suffering from the scars and injuries of war. We pray for peace. We pray for at home, and abroad. We pray, let there be Love. Let there be Hope. Let there be Peace. O Lord, the great law of Life, hear these our prayers, Amen.”
Peacemakers Prayer Patrollers were visibly present in the Broadmead Shopping Quarter of Bristol on Bonfire Night, the patrollers wore high-viz jackets certain helped to light up the night in more ways than one, as a beneficial presence of blessing and as well as a deterrent to ward off wayward behaviors. There were other visible peacekeeping organizations on the ground too, the Police, local PCSOs, Fire, and Ambulance Services. Prayer Patrols applied the Peacemakers Operation Presence ‘ABC’ pre-empt idea on the night. Secured Bonfire Night Displays took place safely in many areas of the City, this gave children and vulnerable individuals the opportunity to participate in an environment of protection with a sense of safety.
In the past, Bristol has had bad experiences on Bonfire Night which involved small pockets of individuals taking advantage of the celebrations, setting off fireworks in an unsafe fashion, some even hurling lighted fireworks into shopping areas, and worst throwing them towards individuals as they walked on the pavements.
Thankfully, this year Bristol had less serious incidents reports. The Patrols reported merriment with a peaceful atmosphere in the Broadmead Shopping Quarter, Castle Park and surrounding areas. During the patrol through the town, a young man stopped the patrollers to ask what they were about. The man was in a very depressed mood and after he shared the story of his difficulties he asked them to pray for him, that things would change for him in the near future. The team prayed and encouraged him. His countenance changed drastically as he thanked them, he said he was feeling much better as if a ton was lifted from him.
Awareness, Blessing and Community Safety
Peacemakers advised parents to take the initial responsibility to advise their youths who were planning to go out in groups, not to take fireworks with them, not to partake in pranks which involved hurling fireworks at people or parked cars. In fact, they advised that it is best that people, especially young people, should not carry fireworks with them, it is an illegal offense that carries heavy fines and in some cases court sentences. But most importantly Peacemakers warn of the danger that could happen to others, the risk of injuries which in past caused major injuries such as loss of limbs, shock, and trauma, where individuals have been known to suffer for many years afterward.
Peacemakers Commissioner Rev Dr.Dawnecia Palmer warns "..... one small irresponsible action with fireworks on Bonfire nights could ruin a person's life for years or even forever in some cases."
Peacemakers also advise people to report any illegal activities that they are aware of and that they can do so by contacting either Crimestoppers or the Police.
CrimeStoppers is a charity which provides a service that is unique and designed to protect people’s identity, whether they call their free number 0800 555111 or submit information through https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give- information-online/ It is important to note that Crimestoppers is NOT part of the police, they guarantee 100% anonymity. They take information about crime, about criminals and pass it to the police and have never compromised anyone’s anonymity. They cannot take reports of crime as obviously they couldn’t keep the person reporting anonymous. CrimeStoppers doesn’t record anything about the reporter/only the information passed on.
You can find some information about their service the Partnerships tab of this website or you may prefer to go directly to CrimeStoppers’ own website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org there you will have full access to all their information and the sort of help they provide. However, PEACEMAKERS advise that in all cases of serious crimes and real Emergencies, that you contact the Police straightaway and directly by dialing 999.
Teams of Peacemakers City Patrols were out and about in the Easton and Old Market areas of Bristol on Thursday 31st October. as part of their ‘Be Safe Nights’ Initiatives planned for Bristol 2019/20. They set off from the St. Marks Road at around 6.30 pm, it was dark, wet and cold and the atmosphere outside was charged with the smell of fireworks.
They passed clusters of adults and children dressed in horror costumes going from door to door ‘trick or treating’ along the way, and however innocently this may sound, there is always a chance of danger and ‘bad-will’ so Peacemakers hold that their visible presence as ‘light’ which will help to ensure a certain amount safety in the areas they patrol.
All Hallows Eve or All Saints Eve was first observed as a Christians remembrance and celebration of the lives of devoted loved ones including saints known as hallows, martyrs and other faithful figures of the day.
The Patrols stopped to pray and to remember the life of taxi-driver Colin Wilson, at the very spot where he was robbed and brutally stabbed and died some years earlier. At the time Prayer Patrols rallied members of the Easton Community as well people from across other parts of Bristol to join in a Respect4Life March through Easton and St. Pauls.
Some Christians abstain from eating meats on All Hallows’ Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of vegetarians foods such as apples, potato cakes, and soul cakes.
Soulcakes are little cakes, made with allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, other sweet spices such as raisins currants with a little cross on top, these were given to the children and poor that would go from door to door begging, singing and offering to pray for the givers and their families, and some even offer to pray for their pets during the month of November. Over time it became a more commercial and seen more as a secular celebration and the soul cakes were replaced by trick or treating giving of sweets, costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’- lanterns, playing pranks, telling scary stories, creating haunting attractions and bonfires.
The Patrols aims to be a beneficial visible presence and a source for good during Halloween and Bonfire Nights. Their Bright Fluorescent jackets can be seen a good distance away, cars. They do not go from door to door offering payers as per the All Hallows Eve Tradition, instead, they are ‘prayed up’ using a modality termed Pre-empt or ‘Operation Presence’.
The patrol from St.Mark’s Road, Easton to Pennywell Road, was fairly unconfrontational until they got to the Goodhind Street area. There they found a medium-sized group of boys, some standing and the others sitting on a low wall-fence. They were swearing and speaking loudly, and a member of the group ran across the road, placed something in a letterbox and shouted ‘come out you cowards.’ Another larger group of young people ran towards the direction of the Patrols. They were hurling fireworks onto the parked cars, shouting, swearing as they randomly threw more fireworks on the pavement and in the middle of the road. The Patrols then gathered in to pray, then formed themselves in a line and stood motionless in silence. Perhaps it was the light from the jackets and the effects of prayers but the older boys scampered and raced towards Pennywell Road, and a short time later the smaller group also fled the scene too. The night ended peacefully as the Teams gathered in at another crime spot along Stapleton Road where a few years ago a Solamilan youth was viciously stabbed to death.
The next ‘Be safe Night’ Patrol will be in the Broadmead area of Bristol Bonfire Night Tuesday 5th November 2019. To join the Peacemakers prayer patrol or City Patrols please telephone the Commissioner on 075 083 90298.
Peacemakers are also advising people to report any of illegal activities that they are aware of through CrimeStoppers or directly to the Police 999 in cases of real emergencies. See Crimestoppers number below or because you are already browsing our website you can find more information about this service on Our Partner Organization page or view directly on their website.
Wow, how quickly the summer months passed and here we are already on the threshold of Fall. We are certainly looking forward to planning and training for our upcoming Saftey Projects for the ember months, with its darker evenings there will be more strategic Patroling and Events.
And as we plan to move forward we must also look back and give thanks for the safety of our Summer Prayer Patrols in America, and the great favor and welcome we received there.
Our 1st stop was in the quiet country town of Evert. Evart is a city in Osceola County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,903 at the 2010 census. And so, this was very much a new experience for the Prayer Patrol crew that went out to pray outside the Town Hall, the smallest one we have seen so far.
There were not many people out on the streets of Evart for the Patrollers to engage with at first, but, just as they had finished praying outside the hall and was about to make their way back to base a group of young people came by. They were friendly and very inquisitive, perhaps due to the British accent. Thankfully we were able to engage them, we explained our mission to them we then asked if they would kindly help us by suggesting whatever they thought were some really important issues facing the Township and its people, especially youths, that we should include in our prayers. Immediately one youth shouted out ‘gangbanging’ then ran away. The others stayed, and they all nodded but one guy spoke up and said: “yes that’s it, it is terrible around here, us youths are terrified, and we only feel safe to walk in groups now.” They appeared quite serious and obviously passionate and vocal that something should be done to safeguard the town and its young people. Unacquainted by the term ‘gangbanging’ we asked them to explain what it meant so that we might know how best to pray.
Aparently, gangbanging is a slang term they used for the situation where men a van approaches a person walking along the street on their own, kidnapping then into their van, tying them up, and driving off with them often taking them to a secluded spot to rape them. And there are many secluded spots near to the town. One girl obviously distressed, told us that if we did not believe them then we should go and visit the local supermarket, not far from where they were, and there we would find posters of many young persons reported gone missing as they walked out alone. One of the Patrols also recalled seeing a large Beware Trafficking warning poster outside the tiny town library.
The young people huddled in, one lad removed his cap held it in his hand and bowed his head in a sign of respect as we prayed. We prayed for them, for the missing children and their families, the politicians, for those who commit these awful crimes, that they would be caught and changed, and prayed too for the future safety of the township. Their faces lit up afterward, they thanked us and rode off as a group towards the quiet ballpark across the road, where we could see the first boy that had shouted out ‘gangbanging’ was sat on a log in the park waiting for them.
The look on the faces of those youths gave us the assurance that significant work was done that day, even though we were only a very small patrol team.
So, from the quiet Township of Evart to the lively bustlings of New York City: see map below
Downtown New York
ROY WILKINS PAK, Jamaica Queens, USA
BELOW Youtube video HIGHLIGHTS of PEACEMAKERS 2019 New York Prayer Patrol
Uk’s Peacemakers Chief the Reverend Dr. Palmer joined with local New Yorkers and others from further afield and representing a mixed array of denominations for an interesting evening of Prayer Patrolling at the Roy Wilkins Community sports ground which is in the vicinity of the Jamaica Queens area of New York.
The small team of energetic Patrollers was led by New York’s young Prayer Patrol Advocate for the evening, local Businessmen and inspirational Motivator Lewin Carr. In this short highlight video clip, he delivers a very powerful proclamation and a prophetic word for the area and for New York in general. “We have left the energy on the earth and it is indestructible”
A number of people on the ground showed interest in the patrol, and members of the team were able before, during and after the patrol to engage with, encourage and pray with many of them.
NEXT: signup for Prayer/City Patrols Training Bristol Oct 25th, 2019 …details coming soon.
NEXT: Peacemakers Prayer/City Patrols BE SAFE NIGHTS: Bonfire 31st October and Halloween 5th November 2019