Counties Dorset

Gospel in Community

HMP Guys Marsh is a category C training prison. Opened in 1960 as a borstal, Guys Marsh became a young offender's institution (YOI) in 1984. After completion of perimeter fencing in 1992 it became a closed establishment and began to accommodate adults.

In 2008 the young offenders were moved out and Guys Marsh became an adult male Cat C prison holding Life Sentenced and Indeterminate Sentenced Public Protection prisoners (IPPs) as well as those undertaking the Integrated Drug Treatment Service (IDTS). Guys Marsh is a designated Foreign National Prisoner Centre and is noted as a Priority Prolific Offender Centre of Excellence.

 Ian went to Guys Marsh for the first time in 2010 to assist in the baptism of a prisoner. Since then he has gone in on a regular basis, and visits Guys Marsh once or twice a month to lead the Wednesday evening Bible Fellowship meeting, supported by three or four other Christians. Usually, around fifteen to twenty prisoners come along; we sing together, pray, and share a message from God's Word. The format varies to give opportunity for response and questions. Over the past two plus years, many of the talks have focused on John's gospel. Since the retirement of the Anglican chaplain in May 2012, Ian has co-ordinated the speaking rota for Bible Fellowship (see below). Ian is also involved in mentoring a prisoner who left jail in December 2011. It was possible to hold several one-to-one Bible studies with him before his release, and Ian has supported, visited and encouraged him on a regularly since then. Other similar opportunities have arisen as a result of work at Guys Marsh; please pray for wisdom as to how far to be involved.