Despite the passage of time...
Nick, our Chaplain, looks back over the past few months in which he has been a part of the Prison Chaplaincy team in one of the institutations in Greater Manchester.
During the six weeks prior to Christmas, I helped with the running of a “Living With Loss” course in one of the prisons in which I minister. Towards the end of the course, the eight guys taking part really began to open up and share some of the pain and loss they had experienced and we had some precious times of fellowship with them.
Then over Christmas and New Year, the prison was closed to visitors due to Covid, resulting in a long period of my not being able to meet with them and of the prison chaplains being very restricted in their contact with them also. Then in early January, the prison opened back up to outsiders and I was able to help with chaplaincy again. I was greatly encouraged to find that as I toured the various wings (housing over four hundred) the men with whom we had been working recognised me in spite of the passage of time, and gave me a warm reception.
Several of them expressed an interest in attending further courses run by the Chaplaincy such as Christianity Explored and Alpha and I really feel that the Lord has given us the basis' of closer, on-going relationships with these guys. We are praying that as we continue with the chaplaincy work, we will be able to build on this foundation and lead these prisoners through to a saving knowledge of Christ.