Once again the Peacemakers Team of hopefuls will take to the streets of Bristol, with much enthusiasm and positive determination, that their Prayer Patrols will be a beneficial presence and great upliftment to these communities.
Prayer Patrols started in the then crime-torn area of St. Pauls, Bristol. There were several street gangs and drugs influencing the peaceful neighborhoods then, making it very unsafe to walk about, day or night. Together with the community policing, and the involvement of other community groups and organizations, along with some residents, Prayer Patrols were at the center of providing a valuable, visible presence in the area. At one time they were patrolling the streets almost 24 hours per day. They also opened an office in the area, the Peace Embassy, for concerned residents, youths, and local groups.
Today, it is a different story, street crime in St. Pauls is at an all time low in terms of street gangs, community violence, or hostilities. Then, the City Council allocated funding to community groups and projects, regenerated the area with new buildings and other neighborhood improvements, in housing, gardens for residents, and parks, etc. The streets are definitely safer these days, we found new communities have moved into the area, and there are quite a few new enterprises dotted around.
Peacemakers, however, are keen to maintain rapport, as a peace agent and a beneficial presence for good, in these areas. So, from October to December 2016, they will be out again rigorously patrolling the streets of Bristol. **See below for areas, dates and times**
Autumn 2016 Prayer Patrols in Bristol:
*Fishponds Saturday 22nd October 2.00pm (Meet up outside Morrisons Supermarket, Fishponds, on the forecourt to the side, and by the steps a couple of feet away from the Bus Stop)
*Easton & Old Market Friday 18th November 6.00pm (Meet up on the street, outside st. Marks Church, Easton,next to the pub)
*St.Pauls & Stokes Croft Friday 9th December 6.00pm (Meet up outside St. Pauls Learning Centre, St. Pauls)
The 2017 UK Patrols will include Bishopston, Staple Hill, Park Street, Bedminster, Barton Hill and St Werburghs. Dates and times of these patrols are still to be decided and will be published at a later date.
If you are interested to know more about Peacemakers or wish to join us on any of the patrols, please do get in touch with us via the CONTACT US page.
Peacemakers Motto: Love, Hope, and Peace for all. "Reducing crime and building safer, more peaceful communities"