Prison Chaplain & Church Army Evangelist
Prison Chaplaincy is a vital service shown to reduce reoffending rates and improve prisoner health and wellbeing. For many, the relationship developed between their chaplain will be the most positive relationship they have in prison.
I FIND THIS A VERY PRIVILEGED POSITION TO BE IN. SOME OF THE PRISONERS HAVE SUFFERED ABUSE AND ARE REALLY BROKEN. FOR SOME, THE OFFENCE THAT SENT THEM TO PRISON WAS THEIR LAST STRAW.
My message to them is that we can’t change what happened, but we can walk together, and support them through their next steps.
I feel blessed to be able to share with these prisoners that God loves us all. There is nothing we can do to spoil his plan, because he is more powerful than us. I want to share that message that no-one is beyond God’s love, and that though they may feel forgotten, God has not forgotten them.
Gill Martin, Church Army Evangelist and Chaplain at HM Eastwood Park. Church Army Training enabled Gill to become a Prison Chaplain, a position funded by her local Diocese.