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News and views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
Issue 8 Spring 2009
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Town Pastors take to the streets

From the beginning of April on a Friday night between the hours of 8.30 pm and 1.00 am you will notice Town Pastors on the streets of Woodbridge, easily identifiable by their bright distinctive jackets and headgear.

Town Pastors is a Churches Together in Woodbridge and Melton initiative. Christians from all denominations have come together as volunteers, either to take to the streets or as prayer supporters. The scheme already exists in our neighbouring towns of Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket.

Town Pastors offer care and assistance to vulnerable people, help defuse potentially difficult situations and work with other organisations, via a radio system, to promote safety and reduce fear on our streets.

The Police, Town Council and publicans are all fully supportive of this scheme which was evident in the recruitment evening turnout, and we are grateful to the Community Safety Partnership for their generous funding which has enabled us to launch this scheme in Woodbridge.

The intention of this scheme is about building relationships with people, showing the love of Jesus in our actions and being ready to answer questions about our faith when asked. We aim to provide a positive influence in the town at night, as we seek to provide help and comfort, where needed, by Gods amazing grace.

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Interested? Please contact us through our website: www.townpastorswoodbridge.org.uk

Keep it real

St Marys shop has acquired a special pen to detect forged 20 notes, following a spate of such forgeries in the area. The shop was recently passed two such forged notes a blow to the weekly takings but hopefully now a thing of the past. The special pen features a fibre tip, which barely shows up on a genuine note, but is bright and highly visible when the note is a forgery.