Parish broadcasts carol service into prison cells to share ‘hope and good news’ on Christmas Day


A local church is to broadcast a carol service directly into cells across prisons in the UK to bring hope over the Christmas period.

The service, produced by Christ Church in Winchester, will feature the MOBO award-winning musician Guvna B, and a former SAS soldier who describes his experiences in Bosnia and Iraq. 

The Revd Craig Philbrick, curate at Christ Church said: “This service will be screened in over 40,000 cells and seen by potentially twice that number of people. 

“Christmas Day is a really tough day for those inside and it is a real privilege to be able to share some hope and good news with them all.”

The service will be shown on WayOut TV – an internal prison network – at 12:00 and 18:00 on Christmas Day. 

With Covid-19 adding to pressure on the system, Revd Philbrick encouraged people to pray for those in and working at prisons. 

He has delivered Christmas cake and cards for prisoners, and a hamper to “bless the staff” at HMP Winchester. 

Guvna B, who is a Christian and shared a reflection on Instagram as part of the Church of England’s Christmas campaign last year has won three MOBOs. 

A former SAS soldier called Mark also shares his testimony, speaking of instances where he has been “tested” in his faith, including when a gun was held to his head  in Bosnia. 

Carols and traditional Bible readings will also be included in the service. 

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