15th – 21st November 2020
Join us for our Online Launch Service on Sunday 15th November at 10am on our Facebook page
This year we have all learnt what it means to be locked down behind closed doors. As a result, much of the physical support available to people in prison was not available at the same time as prison doors were locked for more hours each day. Amid this, new ways were used to reach people to let them know that they are not alone. This year's theme is an assurance to those inside that there are people thinking about them, praying for them and supporting them wherever possible. There is also the challenge to each one of us on the outside – how can we 'be there' for people in prison? How can we support people on release and in the community? How can we show compassion to families affected by imprisonment? How can we show we care even when a physical presence is not possible? We believe that God's presence can break into the darkest of cells…but He uses us to demonstrate that loving presence to one another.
This year's Prisoners Week is an invitation to find out more about the support available to people inside and out of prison and to consider how you might get involved so that people in and out of prison know they are not alone. On the Support page there is a list of different organisations including many who work with chaplaincy teams in prisons across Scotland. During Prisoners Week there will be a series of Forums where different areas of support will be discussed. The whole week will be kicked off with a Virtual Launch Service at 10am on Sunday 15th November. This will be available on the Prisoners Week Scotland Facebook Page. We hope you will follow the links and find out more about what is going on.
"Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them." Hebrews 13:3
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
Rev Sheena Orr
Prisoners Week Trust
Tel: 0131 330 3575