Revered Denis Hartley, Anglican Chaplain for HMP Thameside
Just a brief note to thank you and your congregation for the prayerful support you are providing to the staff and prisioners at HMP Thameside.
As I am sure you appreciate it is difficult if not downright impossible for the worship leader to devote the time to individuals within the context of an hours corporate worship, the Rhema team have enabled this need to be met.
I would also like to add a couple of personal observations: chaplaincy volunteers can sometimes be hard work, yours are a pleasure to work with. They are also good role models, in as much as prisoners expect the chaplain to be a man of prayer; we wear the dog collar, we are professional "men of God'. It is inspirational therefore for prisoners (especially some of our younger ones) to encounter "ordinary" men who do not only believe in the power of prayer, but are willing to give up their spare time to come in and pray with them.
"It’s humbling and a privilege for to be part of the Prison Ministry Team. Since I joined this wonderful Team, I have had the opportunity to pray for an inmate whose 15yrs sentence has been reduced to 5yrs through God's divine intervention . Some of the inmates’ have also come to terms with their predicaments and have accepted that it might be God’s way of drawing them to Himself to change their ways and live for Him.
I've also seen God miraculously moved in some of their relationships with their family members - having testified to His goodness and faithfulness for forgiveness and restoration which has made them to consider their ways with the intention of starting afresh once out.
Some have accepted that it's an opportunity for them to have a 'second bite' and embrace a new life in Christ." [Alaba]
The Rhema Prison Ministry team is headed up by Arnold Hector and they work in HMP Thamesmead monthly.