PEACEMAKERS NOVEMBER 2019 MEETUP

Next PEACEMAKERS Meetup will be at 12.30 pm on 22nd November, in Bristol at Broadmead Shopping Quarter, upstairs in Chopstix on the First Floor Foodcourt area of the Galleries.

 Chopstix serves up an exciting menu of oriental street food – from the sweet and smooth to the hot, spicy, zesty and zingy.

We will be looking back at 2019, and looking forward to the plans for 2020, you will also be able to order a small lunch during our discussion for under £5!

 

Rememberance Day Bristol 2019

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.”

Bristol Bonfire Night Prayer Patrols

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.  Image result for bonfire night bristolSecured 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.

Testimony

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. 

Halloween – Peace Angels in Easton

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.

 

Lets take a look back …….. PEACEMAKERS 2019 Summer Prayer Patrols in America USA

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

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ROY WILKINS PAK, Jamaica Queens, USA

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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

 

 

September Meetup and Gratitude day Event has been canceled!

We regret to say that the September Meetup which was scheduled for the 20th September 2019, and the Gratitude Day Event for the 21st has been canceled. The Gratitude Day Event is being rescheduled for next September 2020, and the next Peacemakers Meetup will take place as planned on the 22nd of November 2019.

Please note that the City Patrol Training originally booked for the 18th of October has been moved to the 25th of October instead. This is an important training in preparation for the upcoming BE Safe Nights our Safety Awareness Patrols around Bonfire Night and Halloween.

PEACEMAKERS Happy Patch, snatch a little Happiness!

The City Patrols and Prayer Patrollers were out in support of the Spread a little Happiness Day initiative last month. The day created great opportunities for them to speak with, encourage and support visitors at their ‘Need Prayer’ table, as well as to laugh and share the happiness tone with the vast array of passersby, in the busy Broadmead Shopping Quarter of Bristol. It was reported as a hugely successful day which saw them handing out hundreds of Happy Patches. And  although there were several other events also taking place around the precinct on the day, they said their event attracted a steady flow of people throughout, and shoppers and visitors to the area danced to the upbeat music which was belting out through the speakers of their small PA, which was hidden from view beneath a medium-sized A board on which was written in bold letters ‘come and get your happy patch here today.’ (see Youtube video footage below)

 

PEACEMAKERS July 2019 Prayer for PEACE

And so here we are in the Seventh Month of the year, we made it through the first half of the year, and the next half,  the next six month will pass by very quickly. This is the birth month of the famous JImage result for julyulius Ceaser, and perhaps it is yours and you think that you stumbled here by chance, or maybe were directed here in a more direct way by a link in your email or in your Whatsapp mail, but however, and whatever the probability of you viewing this post in the Month of July 2019, I think that we can safely  agree that it is significant and timely.  And you should know that you are here for such a time as THIS.  What is this ‘THIS’ you may be asking? Well, it is precisely as it suggests, that you are not here by chance. There is an intentional prayer-tone of PEACE embedded in this post.

“May you experience this peace as ease in your body-temple; Image result for this       May this peace ruminate your mind-soul regarding your finances, relationships, projects and future.  May the peace that THIS PEACE emits transmute every fear, doubt, worry, hardship and illusion of separation. Be well, be whole, be present in the knowing that Peace is for you. It is with you even now, o let it be! and so it is! Amen”

Image result for thisFor anyone reading this post days, weeks, months or even years after this prayer was written, know this, you have not missed out on your blessing. Time is illusional in terms of the Blessing within THIS vibrational prayer-field. So connect now with a strong feeling tone of belief and conviction,  fully assured that PEACE is for you now, THIS,  eternal presentness.

2019 July Prayer for Peace Prayer is written by - PEACEMAKERS Chief Reverend Dawnecia Palmer

 

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