Prisons Week Service
On Sunday 16 October we’ll hold a special service at 10.30 am to mark Prisons Week.
Prisons Week encourages communities to pray for, and raise awareness of, the needs of all those connected with prisons; prisoners and their families, many of whom come from disadvantaged and debilitating backgrounds, together with victims of offenders, prison staff, contractors, chaplains, and volunteers who work in an intense and often difficult atmosphere. Prisons Week has been running for almost 50 years.
The service will include prayers for prisoners, victims, and staff, and hopes to involve prison governors, chaplains and others from HMP Highpoint, HMP Warren Hill and HMP/YOI Hollesley Bay as well as some prisoners from Hollesley Bay Open Prison. The Bishop, the Right Reverend Mike Harrison, will lead this service of Holy Communion. This year, the address will be given by HMP Highpoint Lead Chaplain, The Reverend Alan McMahom. In the Cathedral Centre after the service, there will be an opportunity for discussion and reflection with the Bishop, Dean, prison chaplains and serving prisoners, with refreshments provided. After the discussion, there will be a light lunch for which you are warmly invited to stay.
“Prisons Week is very important to us at the Cathedral. It provides focus on an issue and encourages Christians to work together to make a difference for those who are often forgotten by society,” comments the Reverend Canon Philip Banks, Canon Precentor at the Cathedral.