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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Monday – for those who work in prisons

Let all those ground down by the unremitting hard work and the needs and worries of prisoners, who may feel hopeless or in despair, be lifted up by the powerful prayers of the faithful so that hope is restored, and that they themselves feel built up. Loving God, give to all those who work in our prisons your grace and strength, your courage and your peace. May they know themselves to be loved by you, may their work be fruitful,…

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Tuesday – for those who are prisoners

Let all those who are in prison, those for whom hope has died, for whom tomorrow is to be feared and for whom despair has become a constant companion, know themselves to be loved by God. May their hope be built up by the compassion and encouragement of others, so that they come to know that trusting in God will bring new possibilities. Lord, you told us to come to you when we are heavy laden and you promised rest…

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Wednesday – for those who are victims of crime

Let all those who have become the victims of crime, and whose trust has been destroyed, be re-built by the power of God at work in and through the love and service of others and his forgiving, transforming love. Lord, lead all those who have been the victims of crime from that deep darkness into the light of a new and restored life. Let the care and concern, and the energy and encouragement of those who know and love them,…

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Thursday – for all working in the Criminal Justice System

Let all those who administer justice and serve in our Criminal Justice System, who may be broken, baffled or bemused, and whose hope and confidence in the future has been worn thin, be built up in their sense of calling, and in their understanding of justice and mercy. God of perfect justice and mercy, we pray for all who work in our criminal justice system; transform their human inadequacy by the power of your Holy Spirit, renew and build up…

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Friday – for the families

You can choose your friends, but not your family. To stand with relatives who have victimised others, or alongside relatives who have been the victims of others, takes courage and steadfastness. Let all those who are friends, parents or partners and children, supporting those in prison, hold on to the hope that change is possible and be built up by the encouragement of others. May those who support the victims of crime be built up by the goodwill and hard…

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Saturday – for our communities

In our everyday lives, in the communities where we live, we are quick to forget that we are all ‘under construction’. We fail to offer support and help to the victims of crime, to restore their lives and build up their hope. Neither do we welcome ex-prisoners into our midst, or build up their hope that they might live new lives, free from crime and full of possibility. Father of all, none of us is without and we all fall…

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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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Dr Hugh Osgood

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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Dr Hugh Osgood Moderator of the Free Churches Group

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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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