We believe that no life is beyond the reach of God’s power, and we pray for a future in which countless prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families, are redeemed, restored, and reconciled through the love and truth of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. Luke 4:17-18 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.
The Prison Ministry at First Brethren Church partners with Prison Fellowship during Christmas time to share the Love of Christ through Angel Tree. Website: http://www.prisonfellowship.org
Every child has a story. For 2.7 million American children, that story is filled with the abandonment, loneliness and shame that come from having a mom or dad in prison. For many, it may also include following their parents down the same destructive road to incarceration.
Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship, reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. This unique program gives our church an opportunity to share Christ’s love by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners.
Volunteer Opportunities for Angel Tree Families during Christmas Time:
- Pray for the families
- Share the Gospel (verbally and give Bible/and or Devotional Book)
- Purchase a gift on behalf of the incarcerated parent
- Help with sewing or cutting blankets (blankets given to children under 10)
- Help with Angel Tree Christmas party
- Help deliver the gifts to families that were not able to come to party
- Send out Christmas cards to mom or dad who is incarcerated
Building Relationships beyond Christmas Time: (This list continues to grow as God opens doors.)
- Send birthday cards to parent in jail/prison
- Send birthday cards to children with a gift card
- Send out Mother’s Day & Father’s Day cards
- Provide transportation to visit loved ones in jail/prison
- Visit inmates (Matthew 25:36 “…I was in prison, and you visited me…”)
- Write letters to inmates
- Send Care Packages to inmates (toiletries / snacks / putting funds in canteen)