Prisons

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Oddments has been working in conjunction with the on-going work of prison Chaplains for over a decade now, taking the Christian message into nearby prisons including Guys Marsh, Bristol and Dartmoor. For a number of inmates who watch our drama, it is their first exposure to the Christian message in many years. We believe that prisons are one of the most rewarding places to work as offenders are often very open to the life changing message of the gospel.

 

  Each outreach is carefully organised with the Chaplain and we often visit on a Sunday morning meaning we have time to talk with the prisoners after the service. We work in all categories of prison and are always open to expanding our prison circuit. 
Over the years we've worked in 25 prisons across the UK
This work is often fully subsidised by our supporters, so there is no charge to the prison. However, each outreach costs on average between £200- £350 so any available support is greatly appreciated and enables us to continue such meaningful work.

Our prison ministry is based on the following passage: 

“I was naked, and you clothed Me;
I was sick, and you visited Me;
I was in prison, and you came to Me.”
– Matthew 25:36 

 

Productions                                                                                                                        

The drama we take into prisons is challenging, educational and also evangelical.

Our last production was Amazing Grace, the true story of John Newton: a sailor who turned his back on God, a man of no morals, and a trader of slaves. Through the production you discovered how John found out about God's infinite love and saving grace and turned his life around. We loved taking this production into prisons as it had such a powerful message.

We are currently working on our next prodiction which is The Hiding Place, the incredible story of the Ten Boom's a devoted Christian family who felt they couldn't just watch the devistating circumstances of the Jews so they acted and set out on an incredable rescue mission. This led to Corrie and her sister being imprisoned in the second world war. The production will focus on God's influence on Corrie's life and how God gave her the strength and means to do his work in terrible circumstances. It is the story of God's love and hope in an environment of darkness and brutality.

Feedback                                                                                                                            

“Amazing Grace is a favourite of mine and it is nice to know the story which goes with the song, thank you.”

                                                                                                                              (Inmate at Winchester Prison)

“I just wanted to thank you very much for your outstanding performance of Amazing Grace. The prisoners really enjoyed it, and there was a lot of good feedback. I would not hesitate in recommending this well-rehearsed team of actors to perform in any prison or church.”

(Rev. Larry Harvey, Chaplain at Bristol Prison)

“This play was crisp and so relevant to our men, who all struggle to turn their own lives around. My prayers are for the connections made today, that the men continue their search for God.”

                                                         (Rev. Sue Ascough, Chaplain at Erlestoke Prison)

“I looked across at the audience during the performance and they were totally absorbed. There were tears in eyes and obviously were very moved. The guys loved being so close to the action and thanked us for putting it on – well done and bless you for all you do.”

 

                                                                                                              (Rev. Liz Perry, Ashfield Prison)

 

 

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