The Archbishop of Canterbury began his visit to Birmingham on Saturday 21st February at 10pm in the Westside Business Improvement District (BID). He was touring the area to see the crucial work City Pastors undertake in the area at night.

Whilst walking along Broad Street, Justin Welby was stopping to speak with the doormen and wardens to see what they experienced on a daily basis and how they worked with the City Pastors.

The Archbishop noted how the Westside BID area has developed since he stayed in the Midlands. He said, “It is brilliant how the pastors, wardens, police and venues work together to ensure the area remains secure.”

At one point the Archbishop was kind enough to stop for a selfie with a passer-by, whilst chatting with late night clubbers.

Jo Jowett, Head City Pastor said, “The visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby & Bishop David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham, made for a very special night for our City Pastors project last weekend. They brought so much warmth and encouragement to our team who serve the city of Birmingham every weekend. Archbishop Justin reinforced the comments of many others who work with us that City Pastors have become a vital part of the night-time economy. We count it a real privilege to be part of such a great team.”

Comprised of volunteers from local churches, City Pastors provide a caring presence on the streets and come alongside anyone who is out to have a good time in the city. They offer support to clubbers, diners, concert go-ers, homeless people, tourists and anyone else they encounter on the street who might become vulnerable.

Tim Milne - Street Warden, Tahreem Bhatti - Westside BID, Archbishop of Canterbury, Jo Jowett - Head City Pastor, Bishop David Urquhart - Bishop of Birmingham, Mark Jowett - City Pastor


 Image: (L-R) Tim Milne – Senior Warden, Tahreem Bhatti – Westside BID Marketing Exec, Justin Welby – Archbishop of Canterbury, Jo Jowett – Head City Pastor, Bishop David Urquhart – Bishop of Birmingham, Mark Jowett – City Pastor

Source: Stuart Williams