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St. Thomas Prison Ministries

St. Thomas actively participates in the Christian formation and spiritual direction of the men and women incarcerated in the Central Virginia Regional Jail.  We do this in two primary ways and two secondary ways.

Primarily:

Each Monday Evening, Ms. Harriet Moore leads a Women's Bible Study that looks at the weekly lectionary readings and discusses those readings in light of the participants' personal circumstances and hopes for the future.

And

On the First Sunday of every month, St. Thomas has two alternating ministry teams.  Teams headed by Dr. Steve Cushman and Mr. John Amos, along with their dedicated cadre, prayerfully lead Sunday worship and Bible study among the inmates.  Using the Sunday lectionary readings, they seek to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to those most in need of God's healing power and grace.  The Prison Ministry teams proclaim the Word and help the inmates explore the interpretation and understanding of the these sacred writings.   Using the St. Thomas Sunday Lectionary Inserts, the teams are also able to leave behind the written word not only for further study and reflection, but also for those not able to attend the scheduled worship and study sessions in person,

Often our Jail Ministry leaders say, "We often feel like we gain more insight into Christ from the inmates than we offer them, ..... perhaps because they see Christ from an entirely different perspective."

Secondarily:

Every year, St. Thomas also supports the Regional Jail Christmas Gift Bag ministry.  This ministry pools various donations and provides small Christmas Gift Bags to the inmates, many of whom will receive no other gift or recognition of Our Lord's Nativity.

And

Our Angel Tree Ministry which provides gifts to the children of Jail inmates.  For further information, please see "Angel Tree Ministry" under its own ministry heading.