‘I was in prison and you came to visit me.”’
A small group of volunteers from St Peter’s congregation have supported Prison Fellowship for many years and, in particular, have been involved in the Restorative Justice initiative at HMP Haverigg.
The course, known as Sycamore Tree, is a victim-awareness programme that teaches the principles of restorative justice. It is taught in prisons, in groups of up to twenty learners, by Prison Fellowship (PF) volunteers.
Prisoners on the programme
There are around 200,000 children in England and Wales with a parent in prison, and it is particularly hard for the families at Christmas. Angel Tree supports prisoners in their family relationships by providing a way for them to give presents to their children.
Local PF volunteers raise funds and work with churches and prison chaplains to buy and deliver the presents. Each gift is sent as though it is from the parent in prison, who is able to write a personal message to their child.
Every year, there is a fundraising event, held by members of several churches, including St Peter’s, to buy gifts and cover the cost of postage. The present-buying and wrapping days are a source of joy to all who are involved.
A group from Prison Fellowship, representing several churches in the Kendal area, meet once a month to pray for the many issues relating to all aspects of prison life.
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Join the team
If you are interested in becoming involved in prison ministry, please send an email message to the prison ministry leader.