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Prisons Week 16th-22nd November 2014 Building Hope

Everyone needs a few words of encouragement. We grow stronger, we see things more clearly, and we achieve more. Justice surely hopes that there will be a sense of healing, a chance to see things differently, and a new future for all those affected by crime and imprisonment. To achieve this we need each other, and in particular we need each other’s words of encouragement. This Prisons Week let us pray for all those affected by prison, that we may build a sense of hope in each other that life will in some measure be restored.

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Most Revd Lord Williams

One of the most serious aspects of being in prison can be the sense of isolation and even abandonment; and one of the...

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The Most Revd the Lord Williams of Oystermouth

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One of the most serious aspects of being in prison can be the sense of isolation and even abandonment; and one of the most effective witnesses that can be given to prisoners is the assurance that they are not forgotten. ‘When I was in prison, you visited me’, says Jesus and this tells us two things – that Jesus is already with those in prison, as he is with all who live in loneliness (including the loneliness of self-reproach or self-hatred); and that he is waiting for us there. I hope and pray that this year’s Prisons Week will help us all to connect with the Jesus who waits for us in prison, and that those undergoing imprisonment will feel confident that they are accompanied in prayer and compassion by the Lord and his servants.

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Vincent Nichols

I am delighted to support Prisons Week once again and I strongly encourage Christians to think about, pray for, and act for all...

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The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols Archbishop of Westminster

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I am delighted to support Prisons Week once again and I strongly encourage Christians to think about, pray for, and act for all those affected by prisons during this special week in November.

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Barry Cambrensis

One of the most difficult things we can humanly do is to stand alongside someone in different circumstances to ourselves. Few of us...

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Barry Cambrensis Archbishop of Wales

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One of the most difficult things we can humanly do is to stand alongside someone in different circumstances to ourselves.
Few of us can understand the isolation, loneliness and hopelessness of prison. And this not only affects those within the prison system but their families, their victims, and those who work there. Judges and police too, often work alone and the responsibilities of directly and justly deciding the future of another human being must weigh heavily on them. Christians rejoice that Jesus himself shares that same sense of imprisonment, and that he walks alongside all who live in loneliness. This Prisons Week is a chance to identify in prayer with those who need compassion and understanding, those whose lives have been broken through their own mistakes and the deeds of others. I commend this Week in a spirit of freedom, recalling always that Jesus came to proclaim liberty to the captive and freedom to those imprisoned.

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Michael Heaney

As Moderator of the Free Churches Group I am privileged to support Prisons Week. All of us need the assurance that somebody else...

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Michael Heaney Moderator of the Free Churches Group

Michael Heaney

As Moderator of the Free Churches Group I am privileged to support Prisons Week. All of us need the assurance that somebody else cares for us, and it is in relationships that we find true meaning and purpose for our own lives. For those who have lost their freedom no-matter what the circumstances, serving as a Prisoner brings with it immense challenges, difficulties and dangers of an ever decreasing downward spiral of life. This is contrary to that which God intends for all his creation. Those in Prison and those who seek to offer help support towards a new way beyond and living with confinement need our prayers, so that the appropriate relationships found in God might become a reality.

The Free Churches Group has long been committed to Prison Chaplaincy within which its Chaplains are able to offer support to the staffing communities of our prisons and in particular to come alongside men, women and youth offenders and their families in order to offer relationships of hope. Your thoughts, prayers and actions can be a vital part of that rehabilitation.

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