"I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me." (Matthew 25:36)
The Bishop's Committee on Prison Ministry was created in 2010 at the 194th Annual Convention. Its continuing focus is to raise awareness of the need to bring Christ's light into North Carolina jails and prisons.
If you are interested in ministering directly to prisoners, keep reading to learn more about active prison ministries throughout our Diocese. If you are interested in advocating for reform to the money bail system, learn more here.
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FORSYTH JAIL AND PRISON MINISTRIES
Founded in 1977, Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries have been serving incarcerated men and women in Forsyth County for more than 40 years. The ministry operates programs at the Forsyth County Detention Center as well as the state run Forsyth Correctional Center. Support for those in detention includes worship services, music, Christian education and many opportunities for fellowship and mentoring. Assistance for those re-entering society from prison is provided through the Transition to Work program and support is given in both the pre-release and post-release settings.
Additional information and volunteer opportunities can be found at www.forsythjpm.org, or by contacting the Rev. Mark Davidson, (336) 671-9223.
YOKEFELLOW PRISON MINISTRY
Yokefellow Prison Ministry is an interdenominational, racially diverse Christian ministry of reconciliation begun in 1969 (and incorporated in 1972), which includes both lay and clergy volunteers, and serves both incarcerated men and women. It is founded on the idea that people’s lives are changed through committed relationships. The ministry is conducted by trained volunteers who lead weekly meetings of small groups inside North Carolina’s correctional institutions. Yokefellow is not focused on worship, preaching, teaching, counseling or Bible study but is a ministry of listening, sharing, caring, encouragement and support provided by community volunteers from the “outside” yoked in fellowship with those on the “inside” through the weekly small group meetings.
To learn more about volunteering with Yokefellow Prison Ministry, contact Carlton Gooding, 336-740-0392.
Or for more information, contact the Rev. David Stanford, 773-671-6887.
INTERFAITH PRISON MINISTRY FOR WOMEN
The Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women (IPMW) is a nonprofit organization serving the greater Raleigh area with a mission to build bridges of hope for women in prison before and after release through chaplaincy services, transitional programs and re-entry support.
On any given day, almost 3,000 women are incarcerated in NC; as many as 76% of these women are mothers. We believe all people deserve another chance, and IPMW helps women to empower themselves with tools and resources so they have that chance upon release.
Information concerning the programs and opportunities provided by IPMW can be found at www.ipmforwomen.org or by contacting the Rev. Sallie Simpson.
Contact the Rev. David Stanford, chair of the Bishop's Committee on Prison Ministry, for ideas on getting started or to share what you are already doing!