Street Pastors are an inter-denominational group made up of members from 11 local evangelical churches who take their religion out of the pulpit and onto the streets.
They will patrol Reading's streets from 10pm til 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, offering lollipops and flip-flops, as well as alcohol and drug advice and train and bus information.
Matt Hearn said, "Mainly we want to be a friendly face around the town."
He was interviewed by Heart Radio, explaining that the initiative has been tried in over 120 locations over the past 7 years, and that there are now around 3,000 volunteers participating nationwide.
"We are excited for where God is leading us and how the project will grow, develop and impact Reading town centre for the sake of his Kingdom."Alan Magness brought together Christian socal action groups through the Safer Reading Forum, local Pubwatch members and town centre Police to form the action group.
Meanwhile politicians from Labour and Conservative parties have been quick to latch onto the initiative to praise the efforts.
Richard McKenzie stoops to condemn any organisation who don't support the Street Pastors while simultaneously announcing his willingness to get involved in a slanging match with opponents who do.
The former councillor says he's got involved because upset people need help:
"You can see there are alot of people who are lonely or who are lost. They all need someone to keep an eye out for them. To make sure they get home safely."-
Update: Jane Griffiths thinks the organisation may have been hijacked for election purposes.
Where charity starts at home, faith crosses the doorstep, yet hope still springs eternal.