Another virtual first

Tomorrow, prisoners and their families will be able to worship together during the first-ever online prison church service broadcast by the Church of England. This means that, for the first time, prisoners and their families will be able to attend the same church service, wherever they may be. Worshippers outside of the prison service are also welcome to attend.

The service will be broadcast from 10am CET on prison television and radio, as well as on the Church of England’s websiteFacebook page and YouTube channel. You can also watch the service by going to the What’s On Listing for Sunday worship at home, at the top of the Prayer and Worship page.

Recorded at three sites – HMP Stocken in Rutland, HMP Low Newton in Durham and HMP Pentonville in London – the service will include contributions from prison staff and chaplains, along with prayers, reflections and artwork written and created by prisoners.

The service, with the theme of hope, will be led by Reverend Helen Dearnley, Anglican chaplaincy adviser for HM Prison and Probation Service. You can see a short preview in the video below.


Don’t forget, if you are planning to attend the service at church tomorrow morning, please do be sure to register in advance, by midday today.

More information and our online advance booking facility, can be found via the link for Sunday Services Information, at the top of the Prayer and Worship page.

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