Members of our church community are involved in prison ministry, which involves support for prisoners, both while they in custody, and after release, and also support for their families.
UnitingCare Community Prison Ministry mission statement – We visit to demonstrate God’s love in relevant and impacting ways.
We give support to inmates’ families to minister in dark times. We show love as Christ showed love to all those affected by incarceration. Our strength, our resources, our blessings and our growth are all found in Him.
To hear more about UCC Prison Ministry, phone 07 3867 2550, or locally, 47 404 292.
Volunteer chaplains from our congregation are part of an ecumenical team of 6 agencies (Anglican, Catholic, Salvation Army, UCC, InsideOut Chaplaincy and Prison Fellowship) who, with First Peoples’ Chaplaincy, provide pastoral care to prisoners (and sometimes staff) each day of the week, year around.
The UCC team visit the Townsville Correctional Complex (men’s and women’s prisons) on their duty day of Monday. Visits include conversations with prisoners and staff, providing pastoral care to all requesting it, no matter what denomination or religion they identify with, or whether they have had no religious affiliation before. Chaplains provide Church services on a roster basis (about every 5 weeks) and take every opportunity to promote Bible studies. They can be assisted in each of these by volunteer UCC Resource Workers, appointed to the centre.
Other support given to prisoners by members of our church includes writing letters through Prison Pen Pals, providing court support, giving monetary donations to provide easy read Bibles or study Bibles, and providing fellowship and practical help post release.
Our Church members are also involved in providing support for families through ‘Kairos Outside for Women-NQ’ (PO Box 883, Atherton Q4883) and involvement with Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree project which gets gifts to children who have a parent in prison at Christmas time.