Matthew 25: 36 ”…I was in prison and you came to visit me…”
The Prison Ministry began in 2013 with baking cookies and collecting of toothpaste and deodorant for over 1,100 inmates of the Richmond City Jail. This ministry has brought many different parts of our community together. We have had help from our members and friends as well as Hands Up Ministries,VCU’s ASPiRE program, Fairfield Presbyterian, the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, as well as people who see cookie baking advertised on the church sign and Facebook that stop to help. It has been a great way to bring people together from many different areas to show God’s love to total strangers, that are often forgotten or held in disregard. We estimate that more than 120 boxes of toiletries and underwear were delivered to the inmates at the Richmond City Jail.
We have baked and packaged approximately 16,000 large sugar cookies in addition to packaging approximately 27,000 Girl Scout cookies donated by the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Members and friends have donated the supplies for the baking. We have made improvements during the course of the program. Now we include an uplifting Bible verse on each cookie bag. We have also begun to deliver cookies to the Pamunkey Regional Jail which is just a few miles up the road from New Hanover. This past December, when the cookies were delivered, we were invited into the jail to personally deliver the cookies to each resident, read the Bible verse aloud to them, and wish them a Merry Christmas. It was a deeply meaningful experience.
For further information send an email to: Prison Ministry
Next baking day: Sunday, April 2 at 11:30 a.m.
Join us for on for fun, fellowship, and cookie baking. No experience needed.
There is a list of needed ingredients on a posterboard in the church commons. Take a Post-it and bring that ingredient to the church by April 1. Please mark it “Prison Ministry.”