Prison Ministry

Taking the gospel to prisoners

Working in partnership with the Chaplaincy at High Down, we visit regularly to take the gospel to prisoners there.

What do we do?

A team of both men and women from our congregation visit High Down about once every two months, helping out at the morning chapel service. We help set up, meet and great the men, preach, lead the prayers, and have one to one conversations and prayers.

Just as importantly, we also meet once a month as a team to pray for this ministry, Daylight CPT (a charity involved in various prison ministry activities throughout the UK) and one another.

Why do we do it?

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes" Romans 1:16

“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” Colossians 1:28

The gospel is for all; it’s the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes, whatever their circumstances. Whilst the freedom of those in High Down prison may be restricted, it can become an opportunity, with more time to read the Bible, to consider its message and discover the liberating truth of the gospel.

It is also a huge encouragement for Christian prisoners to know that the wider church family cares enough to come and visit them, and this is a real witness to those who don’t know Christ but attend the chapel service.

Finally, we hope and pray that through sharing the truth in love with the men, God will work to bring them to greater maturity in Christ.

What qualities are required if you want to get involved?

Simply a love for Jesus and a desire to share his gospel. You may not have thought about those in prison before or consider that you have a specific passion for prison ministry – a willingness to serve and pray is enough. We have found, however, that after taking part and meeting the prisoners, a passion for this ministry often quickly follows.

We also ask that those in the team are involved in at least one Sunday service and a mid-week Bible study at St Helen’s.

To find out more, receive our prayer email, or offer to serve,
please email: [email protected]


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