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Prisons Week of Prayer

11 - 17th October 2020

Spurgeons is one of twenty faith-based organisations working in prisons who come together to plan this annual campaign, which starts on Prisons Sunday, the second Sunday in October. The aim is to raise awareness and encourage prayer for everyone affected by imprisonment and the criminal justice system. We take an active part in preparing the prayer resources, available from the Prisons Week of Prayer website.

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United in Lockdown

The word ‘lockdown’ is everyday language in prisons. Since COVID-19 we have all become familiar with what it means and feels like. We may have a better understanding of what life can be like both inside and outside the prison walls for prisoners and their children and families, of the loneliness and difficulties of separation, of living with constant uncertainty and trying to stay hopeful and positive.

Spurgeons staff have had to find different ways of supporting families and children unable to visit their dads and relatives in prison, to try to keep a connection, so that they know that our help for all of them continues to be there – that they are not alone.

Prisons Week Prayer

For forty years this prayer has been spoken, read and offered by thousands of individuals and congregations during Prisons Week.

Prisons Week Prayer

Lord, you offer freedom to all people.
We pray for those in prison.
Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist.
Support with your love
prisoners and their families and friends,
prison staff and all who care.
Heal those who have been wounded
by the actions of others,
especially the victims of crime.
Help us to forgive one another,
to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly together
with Christ in his strength and in his Spirit,
now and every day.

Amen.

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There are at least 60 county line drugs operations in Birmingham. Because boys are more likely to be targeted by police, gangs are now increasingly targeting girls and young women to transport weapons.

The Spurgeons BeLeave Project was set up in 2017. It helps girls aged 8 - 18 who are in danger of such criminal exploitation to recognise risks and make positive choices.

Last year we had the opportunity to film Nicky's story... hear Nicky in her own words discuss how the BeLeave project helped her to make new friends and find the confidence to try new things.

Read more about our BeLeave project here: spurgeons.org/impact-report-2020/

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''Life has thrown so much at these young people, but they are remarkably resilient and capable, and have so much potential.'' - Jackie Benton who manages the Young Carers programme in Birmingham.

Census data identifies 173,000 young carers in the UK (2016), though BBC research projects up to 700,000, or 3 times as many, have caring needs that are yet to be identified.

These young people are caring for a family member with an illness or disability. They have to grow up too fast - the need to balance their caring responsibilities with school leaves them little time to have fun with friends.

Spurgeons supports around 2,000 young people who have a caring role through our Birmingham Young Carers Unite and Wolverhampton Young Carers services. Find out more about our work in our latest Impact Report: spurgeons.org/impact-report-2020/

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Praying with all of those working in prisons, including our Spurgeons colleagues and volunteers across our Family Support and Visiting services. 🙏🧡

Find out more: www.spurgeons.org/prisons-week

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Spurgeons is a proud sponsor of Prisons Week. Hear Spurgeons CEO Ross Hendry talk about the importance of prayer and our work in prisons in the video below.

Find out more: spurgeons.org/prisons-week
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