Prisons’ Week, 8 – 14 October6 Sep 2017 By Sam Setchell
Prisons' Week this year is from 8 - 14 October. Here is information about our chaplaincy in prisons.
The work of chaplaincy makes a significant contribution to the life and work of our two prisons (HMP Hewell near Redditch, and HMP Long Lartin near Evesham).
Both are served by an interfaith team of chaplains and volunteers and work with prisoners and their families, as well as staff. As well as regular services held in the chapel there are bible studies, meditation and discussion groups, along with the core work of pastoral care. Chaplains also contribute to the Restorative Justice programme, aimed at rehabilitative transformation. At HMP Hewell, work with families by the children and families’ team includes parenting courses and family-time visits, and is supported by volunteers from local churches.
One annual focus for this ministry is Prisons’ Sunday on 8 October. A special service will be held in Worcester Cathedral at 10.30am and will include contributions from chaplains and volunteers, prayers written by prisoners and an accompanying exhibition on the work of the chaplaincy team. All are welcome.
A prayer for Prisons’ Week:
Lord, you offer freedom to all people.
We pray for those in prison.
Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist.
Support with your love prisoners and their families and friends,
prison staff and all who care.
Heal those who have been wounded by the activities
of others, especially the victims of crime.
Help us to forgive one another.
To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly together with Christ
in His strength and in His Spirit, now and every day. Amen.