Prisoners Week 2018
“Who Do you Say I Am?”

Sometimes what others say about us matters more than it should. This year during Prisoners Week we reflect on the labels, the tags, the names, and the impressions of those who use them.

Prisoners Week

18th – 25th November 2018

Sometimes what others say about us matters more than it should. The labels, the tags, the names, they reflect the prejudices of those who use them.

But do we not sometimes wonder who we are, whatever the age and stage? And maybe there have been different answers along the way....

Who Do you Say I Am?

Quotes — Prisoners Voices

1 - Others say I am narcissistic, dangerous and violent…
I say I am a young man who made bad choices

2 - Others say I am evil, scum and not safe in community…
I say I am lost and struggling, but hopeful.

3 - Others say I am a prisoner, worthless and sad…
I say I am worthy, happy and free.

4 - Others say I am a waste of space and will never change…
I say I am determined to change and a loving father.

5 - Others say I am a violent drug dealer…
I say I am a caring and loving and have changed my life

6 - Others say I am sub human, dangerous and a risk to the public…
I say I am created in God’s image, have made mistake and am a recipient of God’s love mercy and grace.

7 - Others say I am a prisoner…
I say I am redeemed.

8 - Others say I am mad…
I say I am reborn.

9 - Others say I am hated…
I say I am a child of God.

"Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them." Hebrews 13:3

Time in prison can offer the opportunity for personal growth. People can discover their gifts and who they are. They can acquire skills and develop their talents, all of which makes it more likely that people will be able to play a part in their community to the benefit of all.

The Prisoners Week Prayer
Lord, you offer freedom to all people.
We pray for those who are held in prison.
Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist.
Support with your love: prisoners, their families and friends,
prison staff, chaplains and all who care.
Heal those who have been wounded by the activities of others,
especially the victims of crime.
Help us to forgive one another, to act justly, to love mercy,
and walk humbly together with Christ
in his strength and in his Spirit,
now and every day. Amen.

On this website you’ll find Prisoners Week information, a calendar of events, details of organisations that offer help and advice, discussion ideas, reflections, and worship resources which include prayers from the Christian and Islamic Faiths. In every prison Chaplains and those working with them offer spiritual care and the means by which people can explore and practise faith.

Prisoners Week is an initiative of the Churches that aims to stimulate discussion, highlight concerns and share hope.

"What the Lord requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God." Micah 6:8

Forthcoming Events

Grant Assistance

A limited number of small financial grants are available each year to contribute to your activities supporting Prisoners Week.

You can complete an application form online.


You can download the Prisoners Week Flyer (for the 2018 theme) by clicking here [Download PDF]

JPEG copies of the Prisoners Week publicity (2018 theme) for pasting on to Orders of Services, information sheets, magazines etc are available by clicking here [Download Front | Download Back]