For over a three years now, we have been working with inmates at Northumberland prison in Acklington. Whilst this is 30 miles from South Shields, it is our local prison and men from South Shields will all finish their jail sentence there.
For this reason, in keeping with the teaching of Jesus, we have been privileged to work with many prisoners who have come to know and love Jesus personally and found a whole new identity with him.
Recently this work has taken on a new lease as we have begun to try and link up recovery work inside the prison to a continued work outside. Whilst the group is open to any of the prisoners, we now have a significant number of participants who will be released to South Shields so that they can continue worshipping with us and living out the life of Jesus together with the rest of the church family.