More Whitemoor prisoners are attending weekly church services says report

Whitemoor Prison.

Whitemoor Prison. - Credit: Archant

Whitemoor Prison at March has seen a dramatic growth in its Christian community according to an annual report published by the church.

According to the Diocese of Ely’s annual report the last four years has seen an increase in the number of prisoners attending weekly services.

At the end of last year the average attendance was 50 each week with around 70 men attending on a monthly basis.

The report explains prison chaplains have worked at building meaningful relationships with the offenders, inviting them to Alpha and Kairos courses, over a period of time. These relationships have resulted in more men attending, and contributing to, services.

In 2014, the offenders donated over £1,000 of food, which they bought themselves, to local food banks.

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At the end of 2014, 20 men had undertaken a Christianity explored course; 15 are attending a course on Grace. Twenty-five men regularly attend Bible studies and a further 20 pray every week for the prison and the local community.

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