During and around Prisoners' Week, Chaplaincy Teams and their colleagues, are busy organising events in both prison and community, liaising with the media, preaching from pulpits, providing material for magazines, meeting community groups, visiting schools, hosting invited tours, and generally doing what can be done to highlight Prisoners Week! Prisoners’ Week Events also engage with prisoners, on the basis that not only is it good to remember those in prison it is especially good, if you are in custody, to know that you are being remembered. Some prisons will have services to which the families of prisoners are invited, offering support also to the children and partners of those in custody. Activities in prison include creating a Prisoners' Week Garden, Quizzes, music events, and various meetings with invited speakers and guests from the community.
Prisoners' Week is but one week - those involved in prison ministry are happy to meet with community groups throughout the year. Below is a calendar indicating some of the activities that are organised. It will be added to as more details become available.
Events 'in the community' are open to the public. Events in prisons are by invitation only.
Saturday 16th November
HMP Castle Huntly Coffee Morning 10:30am, HMP Castle Huntly
With both prisoners and invited guests
Sunday 17th November
HMP Grampian Men’s Church Service 10:00am, HMP Grampian MFC
HMP Castle Huntly Chaplain speaking at St Madoes church 11:00am, St Madoes church
HMP Dumfries: Gifts for Christmas appeal launch in local churches 11:00am, HMP Dumfries
Community Service in Calderhead-Erskine Church 6:30pm, Calderhead-Erskine Church
For HMP Shotts.
Live broadcast by Angela Courte Mackenzie 10:00pm, Facebook
Recorded in The Tab a few weeks ago.
‘Out of Sight’ were the prisoners who are taking part in our Prisoners Week Project and some of our chaplaincy volunteers..
This will go out on Angela’s Facebook page at 10pm on 17th November.
From HMP Shotts.
Monday 18th November
HMP Grampian - Film - 127 Hours (males) 10:00am, HMP Grampian MFC
HMP Low Moss: classes on male heroes and male archetypes 10:00am, HMP Low Moss
5 classes on male heroes and male archetypes to mark not only Prisoners Week but International Mens Day which is on the Tuesday.
HMP Grampian: LJ Flanders (author) – (females) 12:00pm, HMP Grampian Gym
HMP Castle Huntly Chaplain speaking at Kirriemuir Guild 2:00pm, Kirriemuir Guild
HMP Grampian: Ladies Church Service 2:00pm, HMP Grampian MFC
HMP Grampian: Men’s Conversation Café 2:00pm, HMP Grampian
HMP Shotts Prisoners’ Week Project “InSight” 6:30pm, HMP Shotts
We have been working on the project for the past 7 weeks.
There are three opportunities to come along
Monday at 6.30pm
Tuesday at 2.30pm
Tuesday at 6.30pm
HMP Inverness Highland Gospel Male Voice Choir 7:00pm, HMP Inverness B Hall
Tuesday 19th November
HMP Grampian: Film Everything, Everything (females) 10:00am, HMP Grampian MFC
HMP Grampian: L J Flanders (author) (males) 10:00am, HMP Grampian Gym
HMP Low Moss: Coffee tasting and roasting (Tue and Thu) 1:00pm, HMP Low Moss
Two afternoons of Coffee tasting/Barista-training events with Glesca Roasters, sourcing coffee ethically themselves from farmers in Rwanda and training people here, including ex-offenders in the art of roasting, blending, grinding and making the perfect cup of coffee.
HMP Grampian: Women’s Conversation Café 2:00pm, HMP Grampian
HMP Cornton Vale: ‘Hidden Jewels’. Inspirational talk by Josee Scott of Freedom Unlimited 2:00pm, HMP Cornton Vale
Plus judging of art and story competition.
HMP Kilmarnock: Visit from the Gideons 2:00pm, HMP Kilmarnock
HMP Dumfries: Hosting a Question Time event with visitors and staff 2:00pm, HMP Dumfries
HMP Barlinnie: ‘Musical’ Evening Service 7:00pm, HMP Barlinnie
Wednesday 20th November
HMP Kilmarnock: visit from renowned author Barry Woodward 2:00pm, HMP Kilmarnock
Thursday 21st November
HMP Shotts WILDERNESS – A Spiritual Retreat 11:00am, HMP Shotts
HMP Grampian: Muslim Worship 2:00pm, HMP Grampian MFC
HMP Barlinnie: Kris Boyd Charity Talk (coincides with Mental Health Month) 2:00pm, HMP Barlinnie
Friday 22nd November
HMP Grampian: Roman Catholic Service (women) 10:00am, HMP Grampian MFC
HMP Grampian: Meditation Session (men) 10:00am, HMP Grampian
HMP Low Moss: rowing event 10:00am, HMP Low Moss
In teams of four we are attempting to row one million metres in six hours collecting money for Beatson Cancer Care.
HMP Dumfries: visit of Bishop William Nolan of Galloway 10:00am, HMP Dumfries
HMP Grampian: Roman Catholic Service (men) 2:00pm, HMP Grampian MFC
HMP Grampian: Meditation Session (women) 2:00pm, HMP Grampian
Saturday 23rd November
HMP Cornton Vale: RC Prisoners Week Service 10:00am, HMP Cornton Vale
HMP Shotts RC Prisoners Week Family Service 2:00pm, HMP Shotts
Sunday 24th November
HMP Cornton Vale: Reformed Prisoners Week Service 10:00am, HMP Cornton Vale
With Guest Speaker Michelle Kellet- Smith
HMP Shotts Reformed Prisoners Week Family Service 2:00pm, HMP Shotts