President Alice McIntosh welcomed everyone to the Brechin Cathedral Guild’s first meeting of 2014, wishing everyone a Happy New Year and good health for the coming year.
Marchia May led the meeting in devotions with a reading and prayer.
Alice then welcomed Elizabeth and Shona Cunningham and Sue Christian from the Arbroath Street Pastors. Elizabeth told the group about the origins of the Street Pastors movement throughout the UK. It takes 50 hours to get through the training programme. In Angus there is no charge for this, however, Shona, Elizabeth’s daughter, paid £300 to become a Street Pastor in Aberdeen.
Shona explained about the items in the backpack they carry, including flip flops, paper tissues, wet wipes, Elastoplast, sweets often needed by diabetics but also used as a diffuser in tight situations.
The Street Pastors are an ecumenical organisation and it is not their remit to be evangelists, they are there for the people of Arbroath on a Saturday night between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. on a Sunday morning.
Sue gave a few examples and anecdotes on situations they had dealt with. Questions were ongoing throughout the afternoon. Eventually with more questions needing to be asked, the meeting was brought to a close.
Alice gave a very warm vote of thanks to the ladies. The ladies then enjoyed a well earned refreshment before the meeting ended with a blessing.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 28, when the Guild will hold a Burns Lunch. Anyone wishing to join should contact the church office by Friday morning. You will be made most welcome.