Prisons

PRISON - the facts - Summer 2019

Each season The Prison Reform Trust publish a bulletin outlining the state and statistics in British prisons.

They are a registered independent charity and their mission is to work to create a just, humane and effective penal system. They do this by inquiring into the workings of the system; informing prisoners, staff and the wider public and by influencing Parliament, government and officials towards reform.

The Prison Reform Trust's main objectives are: reducing unnecessary imprisonment and promoting community solutions to crime; improving treatment and conditions for prisoners and their families; promoting equality and human rights in the justice system.

You can read their latest news here.

The independent nature of the work they do means they can dig deep into the issues and policies affecting those serving prison sentences. You can read the summer report (Bromley Briefing) in full here… but here are a couple of stats which show some of the issues facing the sector and the prison population this summer: “The overall quality of teaching and learning in prisons in England has declined. Just two-fifths (42%) of prisons were rated as ‘good’ or better by inspectors in 2017–18, down from half the year before. More than three in five (62%) of people entering prison were assessed as having a reading age of 11 or lower —over three times higher than in the general adult population (15%).”

*** How does your church get involved with the life and times of those in prison and on their release?

Why not join in the wave of prayer for prisons in Prisons Week, coming up from 13th-19th October?

Perhaps you could offer a welcome to those who are leaving prison? The Welcome Directory can help you to prepare for this.

Theme for Prisons Week this year is based on Freedom - ‘He sets his people free. He made his agreement everlasting. He is holy and wonderful.’ Psalm 111:9 (NCV)

(photo courtesy of Damon Lam at Unsplash)

All are welcome...

The Welcome Directory has a simple yet powerful vision: to help faith communities become places where people who leave prison find acceptance. A place to belong that not only nurtures faith but also offers appropriate practical support.

The FCG, with other partners, pioneered the beginnings of the The Welcome Directory which was set up as an independent charity in 2016.

There’s been lots going on for this charity lately, as they develop links with churches and faith groups to support those leaving prison - you can read all about their latest work HERE.

If you want to hear about their work on a regular basis, then why not register for their free newsletter?

Be part of this movement, be part of a place which offers hope…

Be part of a wave prayer for prison chaplains... 25th August

The International Prison Chaplains Association (IPCA) works in all regions of the world and it has a vital mission full of hope and justice:

“UNITING, ENCOURAGING AND EQUIPPING...

PROVIDING A GLOBAL NETWORK OF PRISON CHAPLAINS AS THEY SHARE GOD’S LOVE

AND RESTORING JUSTICE.”

You can read more about the work which the Free Churches Faith Adviser, Revd Bob Wilson, does here. Bob has an active role in the life and ministry of the IPCA.

Join in the wave of prayer for those serving as prison chaplains across the globe…

Pray with us:

Lord God,

Blessed are you, creator of the universe.

You have called us to serve you in bringing good news to the poor and liberty to those in prison. Look with kindness upon all who serve you in this ministry, grant us the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of your mission to all. Fill our hearts with zeal and perseverance as heralds of the Gospel.

Amen

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Date for your diary - a week of prayer for prisons (13-19 Oct) - check out link and find how how you and your church can get involved here.

(Photo courtesy of Jeremy Yap at Unsplash)

Global day of prayer for prison ministry on 25th August...

The Free Churches Faith Adviser to the Prison Service, Revd Bob Wilson, serves as the Vice Chair to the International Prison Chaplains Association (IPCA).

We are encouraged by the Association to pray for this vital work on 25th August. This date in the International Day of Prayer for Prison Ministry.

Please use this material in your homes, churches and communities, so that those in prison ministry around the world can come together as one in prayer on this day.

For the last ten years the IPCA Steering Committee has invited all those involved in prison ministry around the world to come together in a special day of prayer on 25th August, the birthday of IPCA. We would like to thank members of IPCA Oceania for arranging this year’s programme.

The logo for the Global Day of Prayer, Peter’s release from prison, was painted and given to IPCA by Jesper Nave.

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International Day of Prayer for Prison Ministry - coming up on 25th August

The International Prison Chaplains Association works across the whole world and its mission is:

“Uniting, encouraging and equipping...

providing a global network of prison chaplains as they share God’s love

and restoring justice.”

FCG through our very own Revd Bob Wilson play an active and diligent role in the International Prison Chaplains Association; we are encouraged to pray with the Association on 25th August. You can download this year’s prayer and liturgy material here.

Join in the wave of prayer for those serving as prison chaplains across the globe…

Pray with us:

Lord God,

Blessed are you, creator of the universe.

You have called us to serve you in bringing good news to the poor and liberty to those in prison. Look with kindness upon all who serve you in this ministry, grant us the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of your mission to all. Fill our hearts with zeal and perseverance as heralds of the Gospel.

Amen

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Date for your diary - coming up this autumn, a week of prayer for prisons (13-19 Oct) - check out link and find how how your church can get involved here.

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