Prison MinistryAll are created new in Christ and that includes those in prison. A person in prison lives daily with the things they have done wrong and never need us to remind them. What they do need reminding of is how God loves them, in fact He loves them just as much as He loves us. It is also important to remember that their families are often punished for their mistakes as well. Children without their parents to guide them, spouses without their partners to lean on for support.
Mauldin United Methodist Church’s prison ministry program involves worshiping one Sunday a month at a local prison with the inmates. This ministry provides opportunities to build relationships, help inmates understand that God does love them and provides church members an opportunity to see need for focused prison ministries to do God's work.
The church also works through Kairos, which is a spiritual formation weekend for inmates at various prisons. This is a much more intensive weekend long program to cover the basics of spiritual formation. In addition to our church members who volunteer at Kairos the entire church helps by providing thousands of cookies to be handed out to every inmate regardless of their beliefs or participation in Kairos.
Children of inmates face difficult struggles as a result of their parents incarceration. Through the Building Dreams mentoring program, volunteers are matched with a child they then mentor similar to a Big Brother program. In just a year we have had five individuals at MUMC apply to become mentors. We also include the mentoring program in our monthly mission box collections by collecting school supplies for children in the program.
We also particpate in Angel Tree which provides an opportunity for church members to purchase Christmas gifts for children of inmates. Find out more at Angel Tree portion of our website.
If you would like to participate in this ministry, please contact the Outreach Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.