Remember the prisoners as if chained with them - those who are mistreated -
since you yourselves are in the body also. Hebrews 13:3
Opportunities are available to minister locally in the city jails of Gardendale, Fultondale and Birmingham, as well as, both the Birmingham and Bessemer Divisions of the Jefferson County Jail. There are also opportunities for female volunteers in our state prison facilities for women such as Birmingham Work Release (BCBF) and Tutwiler Prison, and our federal prison for women, FCI Aliceville.
Ministry opportunities consist of teaching and preaching God’s Word, sharing a testimony, presenting the plan of salvation, singing and leading worship and praying with inmates. Most ministry takes place in a chapel setting; however, some ministry, such as the Jefferson County Jail Ministry (JCJM), takes place in the cell blocks. Therefore, women minister to women and men minister to men.
Different facilities require different levels of training and all require a background check. Most training sessions take place on Saturday and are announced in advance via this website or the GFBC Worship Guide. Volunteers must be 19 years old to participate in the Jefferson County Jail Ministry and 20 years old to minister in an Alabama State Prison. There is a charge for materials for some training sessions.
Bibles for inmates
GFBC provides Bibles on a regular basis to the facilities where we minister. However, for the Jefferson County Jail, there is a direct process to donate Bibles through Alabama Justice Ministries Network (AJMN), the 501(c)3 non-profit which manages the ministry there. These Bibles are $2 each and are accompanied by a Christian study guide. Place your order via the AJMN web site at www.ajmn.org or call their office at 205.979.1034.
Prison Fellowship (PF) Angel Tree
One way GFBC ministers to families of prisoners is through the PF Angel Tree program at Christmas. We began by serving 36 angels in 2010 and due to the tremendous faithfulness of our members, we served 357 angels in 2015! Statistics show that children of prisoners are seven times more likely to end up in prison than other children. We seek to change that by doing for the parent what they cannot do for themselves to nurture the parent-child relationship. Our members provide a simple gift card to be mailed to the child on behalf of the parent. The gospel is shared in each packet and caregivers are encouraged by the verification calls each year. We also mail a Christmas card to each incarcerated parent and many of them send us thank you notes.
Aid to Inmate Mothers (AIM)
Another way GFBC supports families of prisoners is through the special visitation program hosted by AIM. Six times each year, on the second Saturday, our volunteers drive a GFBC van from Birmingham to Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka transporting area children and their caregivers to visit their mothers. Crafts are made, birthdays and holidays are celebrated, and relationships are strengthened during this special time together. Each guest is given a treat from GFBC at the end of the trip, and the Gospel is shared as opportunities arise.
For more information on Prison Ministry call 205.488.8715 or email email@example.com.