At the heart of Imago Dei Prison Ministry is the desire to see prisoners live out their true identity and purpose. We believe that no one should be defined by their past or even their current circumstances.
There are many reasons and contributing factors as to why people find themselves in prison. By helping to address these issues during the time spent in custody we believe we are offering real practical solutions and helping prisoners to become healed and whole ready for release. We want to equip and empower people to live with purpose, enabling them to make better life choices and to live as valuable members of the community. This in turn has a knock-on effect on family-life and society, as well as helping to reduce re-offending.
We currently work in three women's prisons alongside Chaplaincy departments facilitating various different courses and providing pastoral support and care for individuals, as well as Bible study.
We have recently started working in men's prisons and have dates to lead Sunday services throughout 2019. In addition, we are currently writing a course for men that we will deliver later in the year.
All our team members follow chaplaincy protocols regarding proselytising in that we will not try to convert the people we work with but will be open to share about our personal faith in Jesus if we are asked. And what a privilege that is!