Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Visit those in Prison

When did we see you ill or in prison and go to visit you?" ‘The King will reply, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

(Matthew 25:39-40 NIVUK)

Many of you will know that we have a team who regularly go out on Sundays and lead services in various local prisons. I recently heard of a report on one of their visits from the St Aldates Church Prison Newsletter. The report said this:

"On Sunday, eight members of Kerith church from Bracknell came to help lead the chapel service. Following the song, ‘Find me in the river’ they invited God’s presence. There was a sense of the Holy Spirit descending like a dove, like a flock of birds alighting, and some men came forward in tears for prayer.

Afterwards five men were baptised or reaffirmed, three from the VPs’ Alpha group, and two brothers from the main wing. D told Jane that he and his brother N were in a drunk-driving accident in which their car was crushed ‘like a coke can.’ He feels that God has saved him for a reason, but how much he understands about Jesus we don’t yet know"

I'm so proud of our team giving their time, energy and skills to fulfilling Jesus command to visit those in prison.

If you'd be interested in getting involved in prison visiting, or in our programmes to help integrate ex-offenders back into the local community, then please take a look at our website where you can find some more information and get in contact with the team. It's a powerful encouragement that whatever we do for those in prison we do for Jesus, so please do consider getting involved as well as praying for the various teams.

Simon.

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