Weekly Update

Calls to prayer and action!
Prison volunteering
The Chaplain at Send prison will welcome Mothers’ Union teams back into the prison to carry on with their card-making and over 50s sessions as soon as it is safe to do so. This may not be soon, although the prison has not had any cases of the virus so might be the safest place to be!
As some volunteers will be retiring, it is really vital to add some new team members to continue this important work and there are also opportunities for new volunteers at Coldingley, Highdown and Downview.
We are advised that the clearance procedure, which has in the past proved onerous and lengthy, is now quite quick and it would be good to get the process started for new volunteers as soon as possible.
At Send about 12 people are needed to cover the three sessions per month; all work in pairs and each new person would come into the prison with an experienced volunteer.
The card-making sessions run from 6pm to 7.30pm on the first and 2nd Thursdays in the month and on a Saturday morning once a month, with at least three members of the team present at each session. Current volunteers find the sessions great fun and build strong relationships with some of the prisoners.
If you are at all interested, or know someone who might be, please send email Shirley Martin (shirleym6550@gmail.com) who would be more than happy to ring you and chat through the possibilities.
Even if you are not able to volunteer, please pray about this work and pray for volunteers to come forward.
 
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
 (Matthew 25 verses 34 – 36)
 
AFIA holidays
Because of the pandemic there have been no holidays booked in 2020, so 2021 is likely to be a busy time. Edwin Catt will continue as our AFIA organiser but as he plans to be away himself next May, which is a peak time for bookings, he needs someone (or a couple of people) to work with him. You need to be able to use email and phone, but other than that there are no special requirements. These holidays are often desperately needed, by people who have not been able to get away for a break for years.
Please email Edwin to find out more about what is involved (ed21catt@talktalk.net) or if you feel unable to volunteer, please pray for the right volunteers to come forward.
 
News from Faith & Policy
Dates for the calendar
The Faith and Policy group will meet  at 10.00 am on 7 September and 16 November; if possible meetings will be held in the Chapter House at Guildford Cathedral; if not, the meetings will be held by Zoom.
16 days of activism against gender-based violence
This starts on 25 November with a candle-lit vigil at the Cathedral after evensong  (6 30 pm to 8 pm)  and will end with a conference on 10 December (venue to be announced)
For any further details, please contact Sylvia Taylor (sylviataylor_47@hotmail.co.uk)