Every life in prison transformed. That’s the audacious vision of Christian organisation Prison Fellowship England and Wales. Working through a network of committed volunteers and churches in local groups, we seek to show Christ’s love to prisoners by coming alongside them and supporting them.
The writer of Hebrews extolled his readers to “remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison”, and that’s the way PF volunteers seek to live. Through our programmes and through supporting the prison chaplaincy, we seek to announce God’s grace and peace to men and women who are some of the most outcast in our society.
PF is looking for new volunteers in the Birmingham area who have a heart for ministering to prisoners. There are many ways to get involved in the local prisons. At the heart of all we do is prayer, and the local group meets regularly to pray for the needs of the prison.
There are a number of opportunities to get more involved. You could help deliver our popular Sycamore Tree course to prisoners. This six-session restorative justice and victim awareness course is based on the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19. At the end of the course the learners are invited to make a symbolic act of restitution – frequently a very powerful moment for everyone involved!
You could also help deliver our valuable Angel Tree programme, bringing joy to families separated by a prison sentence. Each Christmas, PF volunteers enable parents in prison to send a personalised present to their child, by buying, wrapping and sending it on their behalf. It is hard to have a mum or dad in prison at Christmas – Angel Tree eases the pain caused by that separation.
And there are other ways you can be involved – writing letters, or supporting the prison chaplaincy in the vital work that they do in the prison, through prayer, programmes, and coming alongside the prisoners.
In all of this, we seek to remember that when we serve prisoners and their families, in some very real way we are serving Jesus himself (Matthew 25).