We currently take Sunday services in three prisons regularly, sited within fifty miles of HOD: Long Lartin maximum security prison, Bristol prison, and the Women’s prison at Eastwood Park. In each case we do what the prison chaplains ask us to do: and this usually involves preaching or teaching, testimony, prayer and music ministry.
We have come to know many prisoners whose faith is strong and unshakeable, but others who attend services are not churchgoers and have never heard the Gospel presented in a way they can understand. So, in simple terms, we witness to how the Good News about Jesus has changed our lives. With the chaplains’ agreement, we invite the prisoners to respond to the message of the Gospel, and many do. The ministry in prisons is sustained by regular prayer and intercession.
Prison Fellowship is an international interdenominational fellowship that supports prisoners and prison chaplains through Prayer and a network of volunteers. Most prisons in the UK have an associated PF Prayer group.
The Community has been involved with Prison Fellowship since 1990. The Prayer group for Long Lartin prison meets monthly at HOD. As well as having a commitment to pray for the prison, the group organises the Angel Tree programme which provides Christmas presents for the children of prisoners using funds donated by local Christians. Last Christmas, presents were sent to 74 children.
We were particularly grateful this year for the support given by members of the Catholic churches in Bidford and Pershore; the Baptist churches in Bidford on Avon and Pershore; the Methodist churches in Stratford and Bidford on Avon; and the members of the Vale of Evesham Christian Centre and the Elim Christian Centre in Evesham.
The Long Lartin Prison Fellowship group meets at HOD on one day each month between 11.30 and 12.30. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Tom Gorman, the Group Leader.
If you want to support us in prayer or to know more about our activities in prisons contact Tom Gorman on our prison email address.