Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Kerith Prison Ministry - Letter Writing

‘Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Matthew 25:34-36 NIVUK)

One of the expressions of our social justice is to work into prisons - when I became part of Kerith nearly 25 years ago one of the first ministries I got involved in was visiting Huntercombe Young Offenders Prison and inflicting my worship leading on them (that surely would be enough to stop anyone wanting to reoffend!).

More recently Sonia and Lee Brett have lead a team who visit a number of local prisons (this coming Sunday they'll be in Coldingley). As part of Prisons Week the team would love to invite people to get involved with what they're doing, and in particular letter writing to prisoners. They're holding a training session on Saturday 23rd November from 10-12am in K2. If you're interested, or would just like to know more, then the team will have a stand in reception at both sites this Sunday, or you can email melanie.woods@kerith.co.uk who can give you more information.

The training is being held in partnership with Prison Fellowship, an international charity – who say this about letter writing: "Our letter writing programme enables prisoners to feel valued and supported while in custody. Prisoners often feel extremely lonely and isolated, and many have lost touch with their family and friends on the outside. A letter might be the only communication a prisoner receives and can provide huge encouragement and a link to the outside world."

Letter writing is a simple way to encourage a prisoner, to show that someone cares about them, someone hasn’t forgotten about them, and we would love to have a team of people from all different backgrounds come together in order to reach out to those in prison with the love of Jesus. Coming along to the training doesn’t commit you to signing up, and it is a great way to find out more about how you can get involved in prison ministry.

Simon.

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