Prison Ministry group leads worship on 9/20/09

September 8th, 2009 by Prison Ministry KB

On Sunday, September 20th, the Prison Ministry Social Justice group will be leading the congregation in worship at 9:30 a.m. through prayers written by incarcerated individuals, along with songs and special music centered on the themes of freedom and peace. Jennifer McBride will be our guest preacher. She is the Director of the Atlanta Theological Association’s Certificate in Theological Studies at Metro State Women’s Prison and is a lecturer at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA.

Following our service of worship, we hope that many will make plans to enjoy the art exhibit in the fellowship hall, From Inside Out. The goal of the project is to take the creative process to an underserved community and to create a new vehicle of expression that builds a sense of self worth. The program also creates a bridge between the prison population and mainstream culture.

We also invite you to attend the adult forum after worship (approximate start time between 11 and 11:30 a.m) when we will host a panel of individuals from the community who will engage with us in a 45-minute panel discussion centered on the question, “How may churches and individuals assist and support formerly incarcerated people as they re-enter society at large?” The panelists will include Phyllis Back, Programs Coordinator at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail; Lisa Nelson, Reentry Specialist at Offender Aid and Restoration – Jefferson Area Community Corrections (OAR); and Tracy Tryall, Educator Re-entry Population, Aids Services Group (ASG).