12/11/2012 3:00 pm
On 18 November 2012 Churches across Britain will be marking Prisoners' Sunday and we are invited to pray for all prisoners and their families. It is a day of prayer and action for prisoners, their children and families, prison workers, ex-offenders, and victims of crime.
This time of year also marks the beginning of Prisons Week, which runs nationwide from 18 - 24 November and encourages Christians to think about and pray for all those affected by prison: prisoners and their families, prison staff and all those who care. The theme for this year is ‘Taking the Path to Life’ – a hope rooted in the Christian belief that the divine spark is in all people, that no-one is beyond redemption and that change can and does take place.
“As President of Pact, I commend the charity’s work to you, and on Prisoners’ Sunday, would be most grateful if you could join with me in prayer for all prisoners and their families”
Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, President of Pact
The Prison Advice Care Trust (Pact) supports people affected by imprisonment. One vital area being pioneered by Pact is an initiative called Basic Caring Communities (BaCC) which is a resettlement project aimed at helping ex-offenders settle back into the local community. Read more
Resources to help mark Prisoners' Sunday can be downloaded from Pact's website through the links below. Prayers can be downloaded at the top right of this page.
Premier Christian Radio, in collaboration with Pact, has produced a documentary about the work Pact is doing through the Basic Caring Communities resettlement scheme. Premier visited Brixton Prison, where the scheme operates. Tune in to hear how inmates and ex-offenders are finding the scheme and how, through being treated with respect and kindness, and not just mere sympathy, they are transforming their lives. Premier speaks to volunteers and to people who set up the scheme about how they think it is reducing re-offending. You can also hear from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor and his call for better understanding of the causes of crime and the rehabilitation of prisoners. The prison Governor and chaplain also comment on the scheme.
Sunday 18 November. Broadcast times: 9.01am on Sunday Breakfast Show and repeated at 10.01pm on Premier Tonight.
Frequency 1305, 1332, 1413MW for Greater London
DAB, Sky Digital 0123, and Freeview 725 nationally or online.
Read more about the Christian approach to punishment and prison