14 November 2014
Letter to prison chaplains from Methodist Presidency
Letter from the Methodist Presidency to prison chaplains (see here).
- 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 website.
- There are currently 56 Methodist chaplains working across 58 prisons.
- 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 gates"
- 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 work."