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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 different ways.

St. Thomas has two alternating ministry teams headed by Dr. Steve Cushman and Mr. John Amos.  On the First Sunday of every month, the designated team along with a dedicated cadre, prayerfully lead Sunday worship and Bible study among the inmates of the jail.  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."

Additonally:

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