Prison Ministry

The biblical concept of justice focuses on the victim, the offender and the community, in the hope of restoring all to a sense of God’s wholeness. It is also important to understand that our Methodist heritage is rich with examples of ministries carried out in jails and prisons. John and Charles Wesley had a passion for those in prison. As early as 1778, the Methodist Conference adopted action making it the duty of every Methodist preacher to minister to those who were incarcerated. United Methodists have reaffirmed and expanded the mandate for prison ministry and reform in many different chapters of our denominational history. This is a part of our identity and call.

Adapted from Mission Plan for Restorative Justice Ministries from The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church, 2012.

EPA Conference Committee on Prison Ministry and Restorative Justice
Restorative Justice: Healing the Effects of Crime

Goal: Ecumenical collaboration to provide support through advocacy, education, restorative justice and resources for individuals, families and communities affected by the criminal justice system. Everyone can do something!

Rev. Marilyn Schneider
Chairperson, Committee on Prison Ministry and Restorative Justice

True Justice: Seeking Equal Justice for People and Communities of Color

A Film Showing, Discussion and Action Planning for Change

February 22, 2020 (Snow Date: February 29)
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at Cedarville UMC, 1092 Laurelwood Rd, Pottstown, PA.

Cost: $10. Lunch included. CEUs certification requested. Please register online by February 1, 2020. Register online now!

Click here to view and download the flyer!

Learn more…

2019 Christmas Cards for Inmates Program

  1. How to get started – READ THIS FIRST!
  2. Instructions for how to produce the cards
  3. Informational flyer for promotion
  4. Download the Christmas Card files!

Please collect and deliver cards by NOVEMBER 4, 2019 at the latest to your district drop off point or to the conference office. We suggest you contact the appropriate office to arrange a mutually convenient time and method for delivery.

Learn more about this ministry project from previous years:

Also view the UMCom video about this ministry produced in 2016:  Church Christmas Cards Show Care to Prisoners | View on YouTube 

Why is Prison Ministry & Restorative Justice Important?
  • As Christians we are called to do this: Matthew 25:36b “I was in prison and you visited me”
  • Hebrews 13:3a “Remember those who are in prison as though you are in prison with them”
  • John Wesley believed that personal holiness needs to lead to social holiness and social justice.  He ministered in prisons beginning in 1730.
  • Currently a large no of people in the US are under control of the criminal justice system
  • The costs to incarcerate people are considerable.  If we can help prevent situations that lead to incarceration, and help those who are incarcerated avoid recidivism, we will not only save money but will gain as these individuals contribute in a positive manner to society.
Prison Ministry & Restorative Justice Resources

Kairos Prison Ministry

Kairos is a 3-day course on Christianity similar to Walk-to-Emmaus for men and women who are inside prisons and, through Kairos Outside, meeting the spiritual needs of women waiting for their incarcerated loved ones. Kairos teaches about Jesus Christ and his call to each of us, his healing, and his request that we help each other and love each other. Even more important, the ultimate goal is not outsiders caring for those inside. Its goal is to build a strong community of faith on the inside – so inmates are there for each other, to support one another and lift up their brothers and sisters when they need it. They are there for each other – every day, throughout the day – at times when volunteers from the outside could never be there. Kairos prison ministry has programs in 38 states in the U.S. and in nine other countries, including 9 programs in Pennsylvania and two in Delaware.

Contact Scott Johnson for more information: 610-608-7862,, Royersford UMC