“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Hebrews 13:3
We are passionate about helping churches increase their engagement with their local prison, as a way of answering Christ’s call to engage with the most marginalised in our society.
We believe that God wants to bring restoration and hope to every prisoner, and that churches have a key role to play in this.
Answering Jesus’ call
In Matthew 25, Jesus told a parable, a story, to illustrate how closely he identifies with those who are forgotten and in need – the sick, the stranger, the hungry, the homeless… and the prisoner. Jesus wants us to identify with them as well, putting ourselves in their shoes and caring for them:
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my father; take your inheritance . . . For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me… I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'” Matthew 25:34-40
As we serve men and women in prison, we are serving Christ. And as we meet and support those prisoners, we ourselves will better understand the Father-heart of God, who desires mercy rather than judgement, compassion rather than condemnation.
Below you can read about some of the ways your church can begin engaging with prison ministry through PF’s work. We would love to talk more with you about your particular interests or questions – send us a message through the Contact page or call the Support Team on 020 779 2500.