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"Be with me" events for Norfolk Prisons week

PaperPeople2010: Prisons are seldom out of the public gaze and the portrayal is usually negative. Prisons Week 21 - 27 November is a chance for Christians in Norfolk to respond in a positive way with a range of events and prayer points.

Prisons Week was established to pray for and raise awareness of all affected by the reality of prisons. This year the theme is "Be with Me" a theme that comes from the encounter of Jesus with the penitent thief on Good Friday. The story shows the horror of a broken world being overcome by the wonder of the love of God. In a place where isolation and division seemed dominant, we hear the words of Jesus to the penitent thief "You will be with me in Paradise ", words that brought hope to an isolated and broken person. The challenge of the theme of "Be with me" is to pray and work for all affected by prisons that they may know the blessing of being with God.

Please pray for...

  • the work of the Norfolk ecumenical criminal justice forum which brings together those involved across the criminal justice system to explore issues of mutual concern and to encourage Christian engagement and participation;
  • the chaplains, staff, and prisoners at our local prisons: Norwich , Wayland, Blundeston and Bure;
  • the families of prisoners, for victims of crime and for all involved in the criminal justice process.

Norfolk Prison Week events

  • A special service for Prisons week will be taking place on Sunday 21st November at Witard Road Baptist Church, Norwich NR7 9XD at 6.30pm.
  • Ely Diocesan Criminal Justice Group and Ely Cathedral invite you to "Beyond Prison", a lecture for Prisons' Week given by Dame Anne Owers, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons and Chair of Christian Aid. On Sunday 21 November at 6.30pm at Ely Cathedral. 
The Prayer Leaflet can be downloaded from the website at which also has other resources for study and worship including Prayers and Reflective Diaries from Victims, Prison Staff, Prisoners, Families, Volunteers and other people active in the Justice System. 


If you are  interested in the work of the ecumenical criminal justice  forum or wish to be involved in the Church’s ministry to those in prison and their families before and after release, please contact Rev Simon Wilson on 01362 683275 or via


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