Five Days with Mom
Our parish participates each summer in a week-long program where we house the children of moms who are incarcerated in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in Bedford, New York. During the day our guest-kids visit and play with their mothers. In the late afternoon they return to their host families from our parish for supper, relaxation, and a good night's sleep. This program has been shown to improve the lives of the women prisoners immensely and to reduce recidivism once they have returned to their families.
Kairos Prison Ministry
Our parishioner, the Rev. David Pople, involves our parish in supporting this worthwhile weekend ministry in local men's prisons. David and the Kairos team visit, talk, and pray with the inmates, and he sees lives turned around as a result of the efforts of the team to bring faith in God inside prison walls. Our parishioners of all ages write notes, decorate placemats, donate Bibles, and pray for the participants. There is opportunity to get more deeply involved as well.