Prisons Week service to be held at St John’s in Norwich
An ecumenical Prisons Week Service is to be held at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich on Sunday October 14 at 3pm and all are welcome.
New Prison Fellowship co-ordinator for Norwich, Joan Macinnes, said: “Fr Paulinus Hegg, the Managing Chaplain at HMP Norwich asked if St John’s would host the service this year which the dean Canon David Paul was happy to do.
“It’s an ecumenical service and is believed to be the first time it has been held at St John’s. The service marks the beginning of Prisons Week, an initiative which began in the Catholic Church some 40 years ago and spread to other denominations. It also marks the reforming in Norwich of the Prison Fellowship, whose purpose is to support the local prison in prayer and other works undertaken by Prison Fellowship UK.”
The service, which will take the form of Evening Prayer, will be led by Canon Paul with readings of the psalms by the Governor of HMP Norwich, Declan Moore, who is himself a Catholic; Ursula Edwards, the Catholic Chaplain at HMP Norwich and Susan Carne, the Community Chaplain. The homily will be given by Fr Paulinus who is an Orthodox priest.
Susan, from Community Chaplaincy-Norfolk, said: “I will be glad to talk to anyone who would be interested in becoming a volunteer mentor to support people coming out of prison who want to turn their lives around.”
Refreshments will be served in the Narthex after the service.