Friday, June 14, 2024

Lent: setting the prisoner ‘free’!

I don’t know if it’s my age but Lent seems to come around with ever increasing speed. This year, Ash Wednesday is on 14th February.
I’m blaming the early Easter rather than my advancing years!
At All Saints, we observe Lent in many and various ways. One of those ways involves focussing on one of our adopted charities with generosity & prayer. This year our focus is on the Prison Fellowship (PF). The PF’s home page states: “We believe no one is beyond hope”. And their mission statement declares: “To show Christ’s love to people in prison by coming alongside them and supporting them”.
The PF is best known for its Sycamore Tree project: a volunteer-led victim awareness programme based on the ethos of restorative justice. There isn’t enough space to describe its principles and amazing effectiveness here. But click on prisonfellowship.org.uk for inspiring stories of changed lives. In South Warrington, the PF is very active in HM Prison Thorn Cross. A team of local volunteers are involved with delivering the Sycamore Tree project alongside the prison chaplain. If you’d like to know even more, we will have a representative from the PF speaking at a service next month. I’ll
keep you posted!
Rev’d Douglas Black