Letter to prison chaplains from Methodist Presidency
14 November 2014
Letter from the Methodist Presidency to prison chaplains
- Founded in 1974 Prisons Week, aims to pray for and raise
awareness of the needs of prisoners and their families, victims of
offenders, prisons staff and all those who care.
- Worhip and prayer resources for prisons week can be found via
the Prisons Week
- There are currently 56 Methodist chaplains working across 58
- Many prison chaplaincies also have local volunteers.
- The Community Chaplaincy Association offers support to
ex-prisoners of all faiths and none as they go "through the
- The current UK prison population is almost 86,000 [85,786 as at
31/10/14 - weekly stats are posted on line].
The Revd Dr Stan Brown, Methodist Church and Community
Development Officer, said: "Prisons Week is a wonderful opportunity
to remember the needs of those in prison, their families, prison
staff and the victims of offenders. It's also a time when we can
celebrate and support the work of our prison chaplaincy teams.
There are currently 56 Methodist prison chaplains working across 58
institutions, as well as the many people who volunteer to help
prison chaplaincy work. Prison chaplaincy now reaches out into the
community with a network of Community Chaplaincies which continue
to support ex-prisoners, helping them to find new direction in
their lives and to reducing re-offending. So there are
opportunities for local churches to become involved in this wider