Support for Prison Ministries, with offices in Brownstown, PA, is a growing inter-denominational ministry that contracts chaplain services to Lancaster County Prison (LCP) and Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center (YIC). Support for Prison Ministries also raises funds and networks with various other prison ministries and does training and educational programs for local churches and community groups.
“Our Friday evenings with the young men at YIC are the highlight of our week,” says one of the team members from an area church. An LCP Chaplain says, “My chaplain ministry is a satisfying experience. Many lives are being changed by the power of God.” Another pastor says, “I enjoy offering second chances to inmates. God has given me many second chances and I want to extend His love and forgiveness to others.”
SFPM is always interested in knowing who has a possible calling or interest for prison ministry. Pastors and church volunteers can also apply for volunteer approval for prison access to visit inmates from their congregations or communities. Spiritual advisers are needed for inmates that have no church connections. And a number of aftercare faith-based ministries are in Lancaster County. Some are for men and some are for women. They use volunteers and mentors in their programs.
A. Prayer – We believe this is a foundational value to the success of our programs.
B. Give – With an annual budget of $420,000, just over $200,000 is needed in contributions. Gifts come from churches, businesses, and interested individuals.
C. Distribute newsletters, prayer lists and other informative literature about SFPM.
D. Invite resource speakers (SFPM Director, chaplains or ex-inmates) to share at your church mission or community group. SFPM also has a full size 6 X 8’ furnished prison cell that is available for groups to use as an educational tool.
A portion of our income arrives from our annual benefit auction in October. In 2016, our 33rd annual benefit auction was held October 21 & 22. It was held at the Ephrata Business Center, 400 W. Main St. Ephrata, PA. Collector items, beautiful quilts and wall hangings, toys, valuable gift certificates, great food and more were sold at the auction.
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