2019 Events

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.

All invited.

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