Letters for Inmates and Cards for Correctional Officers
The Covid virus has been a tough time for so many of us in so many ways. Families have not been able to spend time together like they might want, and a phone or computer screen is a poor substitute for seeing each other in person.
This is also the situation in the prisons across our country, and as a result, there has been a drastic increase in disciplinary problems and health problems. The family and volunteer visits make a huge difference in the lives of the incarcerated. Currently letters are their only connection with the "free" world and in some cases, their only connection with hope. Many from our congregation have been faithfully writing letters since last April and it makes a huge difference. The men and women need to know that Christ's people have not forgotten them. Letters or special emails can be sent. Please contact Betty Waedemon (firstname.lastname@example.org) for names of prisoners needing letters and instructions.
Because of more disciplinary problems with the inmates, you can imagine how difficult it has become to be a Correctional Officer (or guard). To show our appreciation, we are asking you to write a card of appreciation for the thankless job the CO's are doing daily. You can write as many as you would like, as there are many prisons that Christ Church supports. There are note cards in the workroom at Christ Church for your use. Please write as many cards as you can as there are many folks to thank. Send the cards to Christ Church, 3300 Austin Parkway, SL 77479 c/o Betty Waedemon.
If you have ever felt a tug on your heart or been curious about Restorative Justice Ministries (ministry to the incarcerated, their families and the correctional staff), now is a great time to be trained for various activities, including choir visits or helping with parties, in the future. To volunteer for an ongoing event or a one time event, you must be trained by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in person at a prison the first time and again every four years. Right now, during Covid, all training and retraining (which occurs every 2 years) is online. I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. Anyone at least 18 years old can be trained. Contact Betty Waedemon at email@example.com with questions.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. ~Ecclesiastes 4:7-12
I was in prison and you visited Me. ~Matthew 25:36
No life is beyond the reach of God's power. Restorative Justice Ministry strives to meet the spiritual and educational needs of prisoners and their families with the ultimate goal of seeing them restored to Christ, their families, and their communities.
Christ Church is very actively involved in ministry to local prisons and our brothers and sisters. There are diverse activities where you can be involved. Examples of service include:
+ ALPHA in PRISON: guide a small group of men through aspects of Christian faith
+ DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY: co-lead a group of inmates though this in-depth study
+ KAIROS/JUBILEE: a spiritual retreat weekend for inmates similar to Walk to Emmaus emphasizing Forgiveness, Agape Love and God’s Grace
+ MENTORING: provide support and guidance to inmates
+ B.A.M.B.I.: Babies And Mothers Bonding Initiative. Our United Methodist Women's group provides love and support to women in prison with their infants
+ ANGEL TREE: assist the families of inmates to celebrate Christmas - Click here to see the latest Angel Tree Video... Angel Tree changes lives
+ TUTORING: provide for the education of inmates on various subjects to prepare them for success in the free world
"As with many volunteer opportunities, the wonder of volunteering in the Prison Ministry is not what I am giving to the inmates, it is God’s blessings poured back on me. It is the smile that comes when a particularly difficult math concept is finally understood, it’s seeing joy in eyes over a job done well, it’s seeing hope at the end of a long journey and peace from knowing that God is in control." -Cherri Cowan
"I became part of a team that served the Lord our God with all of our heart, our mind, and our strength…with joy." -Robert Crenshaw
Join us in service to our brothers and sisters in prison and be part of the transformation of lives for Christ.
There are many ways to help from going into prisons to mentor, tutor or facilitate small group discussion or to baking cookies for Kairos, praying and writing letters. There is a place for everyone to participate!For more information on Restorative Justice Ministries, please contact Betty Waedemon or at 832.755.7761
Cool Water Ministry
Happy hot summer! Christ Church has an opportunity to build relationships and serve the correctional officers in the Carol Vance Unit! The Cool Water Ministry supplies refreshing water to the correctional officers at the unit and is especially important during these hot summer months. We hand out the waters as the officers enter and leave the prison. Our goal is to have enough help so each person only needs to go once a month. This is a wonderful way to show our law enforcement officials how much we appreciate them. If you are interested please contact Robert Coffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.