Prisoners Week 2017 — “Hope Within”

Prisoners Week invites us all to see one another for who we are. As we find the courage simply to be ourselves may we journey towards more fulfilled lives and safer communities.

Prisoners Week

19th – 26th November 2017

Prisoners Week is a time to remember all who are affected by crime: people in prison, people who have been hurt by the actions others, those who work in prison, families and the wider communities in which we live. The theme for 2017 is "Hope Within".

Share your hopes for prisoners, their families and communities at #HopeWithin2017

You can also record your own thoughts here: Share My Hopes

Hope Within

Hope Within What hopes do you have? For yourself, for those close to you, for your community, for people in prison.

We don’t have to look far to find hope. Think of the gifts or the talents each individual has.

Hold an apple in your hands and, maybe with others or by yourself, speculate on the number of seeds there may be within the apple. Then open it, count the seeds and offer a prize to the one who got it right! Now hold just one tiny seed between your fingers and ask the question: ‘how many apples are inside the seed?’ No-one could say, but nurtured and given the chance, the seed might be the start of a new orchard...

Sometimes it’s locked away and not recognised but each human being has enormous potential. Catch a glimpse of that, and imagine what resources could be untapped.

Jesus said "No one will say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ because the Kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21, Good News Translation).

"Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them." Hebrews 13:3

Time in prison can offer the opportunity for personal growth. People can discover their gifts and who they are. They can acquire skills and develop their talents, all of which makes it more likely that people will be able to play a part in their community to the benefit of all.

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.

You can also record your own thoughts here: Share My Hopes

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.


Read a true testimony on 'Hope Within' from a prisoner.


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

Forthcoming Events

Grant Assistance

A limited number of small financial grants are available each year to contribute to your activities supporting Prisoners Week.

You can complete an application form online.

Publicity

You can download the Prisoners Week Flyer (for the 2017 theme) by clicking here [Download PDF]

JPEG copies of the Prisoners Week publicity (2017 theme) for pasting on to Orders of Services, information sheets, magazines etc are available by clicking here [Download Front | Download Back]

A Powerpoint Presentation is available to download on the theme of "Hope Within" [Download here]. Includes some responses received to the question, "What hopes do you have?"