The week of November 21-27 has been designated ‘Prisons Week 2010’ – a week of prayer for all those affected by prison life across the UK.
For the first time, Prison Chaplains in Northern Ireland are to participate in the week, which takes as its theme ‘Be with me’. The initiative is aimed at praying for and raising awareness of the needs of prisoners and their families, victims and offenders, prison staff and all those who care about this work.
Each day of the week focuses on a specific aspect of the prison system: Prayers ‘to be with’ victims, prisoners, families, prison staff, local communities and with those in our criminal justice system. A Prisons Week leaflet and other useful materials are available for anyone who wishes to join in with the week of prayer, downloadable from www.prisonsweek.org.
Speaking as the Co-ordinating Chaplain working in HMP Maghaberry, Northern Ireland’s largest prison, the Rev Rodney Cameron stated: ‘It can be easy to give up on people, including people in prison, but God never gives up on anyone – our faith tells us that change does and can happen in the lives of us all.
“As Prison Chaplains working across our prison system in Northern Ireland, I would encourage everyone to take this week-long opportunity to pray and to think about what they as an individual or as churches can do to assist prisoners and their families, victims of offenders and prison staff.’