For nearly 50 years, Prisons Week has encouraged Christians everywhere to pray for prisoners and their families, victims of crime, their communities and those working or volunteering in the criminal justice system. Prisons Week is a truly ecumenical venture, both CTBI and CTE are sponsoring bodies as are a number of CTE’s member churches including the Free Churches Group, The Salvation Army, Assemblies of God and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
This year Prison’s Week runs between the 8 and 14 October and everyone is encouraged to join together in prayer. The theme this year is “Look Up”, taken from Psalm 19 v 1, which encourages us by saying “The heavens declare the glory of God, so look up”, inspiring hope when all seems lost. As well as providing dedicated prayers for each day written by those connected with the justice system from across the different Christian traditions there are a number of Prisons Week events that are open to all.
Events are happening in Liverpool, Cardiff and London and in other parts of the country bringing people together to pray and details of these events will shortly be listed on the website.
Do join others in prayer each day during Prisons Week but also ask yourself if there is one thing that you as an individual, or as an ecumenical group, can do to support Prisons Week this year.