Prison and Recovery Ministry

Provides a Men’s and a Women’s AfterCare Group, a Stephen Minister Mentor Group and a Detention Center Volunteer Group and a Shopper Group.

Help us buy a minibus to better serve the transporation needs of our community.

Special Outreach Opportunity:

We are planning to start training classes in November 2016 for volunteers to work in the Stephen Minister Mentor, the AfterCare and the Shopper Groups cited below. For detailed requirements and job descriptions of members of these groups, download the appropriate file(s) by clicking on the following link(s):

Training question, answer and signup sessions are planned for various area churches from now through the end of October.

We ask everyone to prayerfully consider joining one or more of our Prison & Recovery Ministry groups. For, just as Jesus said in Luke 10:2a (NIV): "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.”

POINT OF CONTACT:

Paul L. Lenker
Cell: 814-574-8810
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MISSIONAL EMPHASIS:

Serve male returning citizens from correctional and recovery facilities. Specifically, this program provides a new group of friends dedicated to sharing the love of Christ and a hope of a new beginning. Resources are provided as available.

DEMOGRAPHICS:

Age Group: Adult male—18 and over
Family Status: Member of the Body of Christ
Geographic Considerations: Open to members of a Christian Church in Charles and surrounding counties, Maryland
Special Interests: Desire to work in a prison ministry, Desire to disciple others, Stephen Ministry
Growth: Looking for new members

MEETINGS:

Frequency: Weekly on Tuesday
Time:

  • Men’s AfterCare Ministry: 7PM to 8:30PM
  • Volunteer ChristCare Group Meeting: 8:30PM to 9PM

Location: Grace Lutheran Church & School—Room # 107

Weekly Activities:

  • Gathering time:
    • Sign in
    • Name Tag
    • Identify needs
      • prayer requests
      • resources—toiletries, food, clothing, other as available
  • Bible study, Devotional, or Christian Video with group discussion
  • Praise and Worship—Testimonies and/or Praise and Worship music
  • Prayers
  • Dismissal

Related Activities:

  • Nursery
  • Help returning and recovering citizens with needs such as:
    • Providing transportation to job interviews, social and services parole office
    • Assistance w/resumes
    • Clothing, shoes, and toiletries

POINT OF CONTACT:

Paul L. Lenker Clothing
Cell: 814-574-8810
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Women’s AfterCare Grouppm wm aftercare

MISSIONAL EMPHASIS:

Serve female returning citizens from correctional and recovery facilities. Specifically, this program provides a new group of friends dedicated to sharing the love of Christ and a hope of a new beginning. Resources are provided as available.

DEMOGRAPHICS:

Age Group: Adult female—18 and over
Family Status: Member of the Body of Christ
Geographic Considerations: Open to members of a Christian Church in Charles and surrounding Counties, Maryland
Special Interests: Desire to work in a prison ministry, Desire to disciple others, Stephen Ministry
Growth: Looking for new members

MEETINGS:

Frequency:   Weekly on Tuesday evening
Time:

  • Women’s AfterCare Ministry:  7PM to 8:30PM w/Nursery
  • Volunteer ChristCare Group Meeting:  8:30PM to 9PM

Location:   Grace Lutheran Church & School—Room #112

POINT OF CONTACT:

Paul L. Lenker
Cell: 814-574-8810
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Stephen Minister Mentor Grouppm sm mentor

MISSIONAL EMPHASIS:

Mentor an offender/returning citizen of the same gender, providing distinctively Christian care. Care may include providing assistance with Social Services, basic needs and job hunting. A mentor begins weekly meetings with his/her care receiver about one month before the care receiver is released from the Charles County Detention Center (CCDC) in La Plata, MD. Upon release, the returning citizen (care receiver) continues meeting weekly with the Stephen Minister Mentor. Male care receivers are assigned from offenders who are participating in the CCDC STARS (Successful Transitioning and Reentry Skills) program.  Female care receivers are assigned from offenders who are participating in the CCDC Diamonds (Diamonds are a girl’s best friend) program. STARS and Diamonds participants receive training in anger management, parenting, CPR, first aid, sanitation, certification in food service Management, resume writing, and other subjects as available through volunteer instructors.

DEMOGRAPHICS:

Age Group: Adult male or female—18 and over
Family Status: Member of the Body of Christ
Geographic Considerations: Open to members of a Christian Church in Charles County, Maryland
Special Interests: Desire to work in a prison ministry, Desire to disciple others, Stephen Ministry Care Giver

MEETINGS:

Peer Supervisory: One Monday per month as notified by Grace Lutheran Church & School (GLCS) Stephen Leader Mentor
Location: GLCS

OTHER FACTORS:

Mentors must complete the Stephen Minister course under a Stephen Minister licensed organization and be a Commissioned Stephen Minister. (Commissioned Stephen Ministers from a Christian church other than GLCS must have the permission of their Pastor to participate in the Stephen Minister Mentor Program.)
Mentors must attend a monthly peer supervisory meeting at Grace Lutheran Church & School, La Plata, MD
Mentors must be on the Clergy list or be a cleared Detention Center Volunteer at the CCDC.

POINT OF CONTACT:

Paul L. Lenker
Cell: 814-574-8810
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Detention Center Volunteer Grouppm dc volunteer

MISSIONAL EMPHASIS:

Male or female volunteers may provide Worship Services, Bible Studies and/or One-On-One Discipleship sessions to offenders inside the CCDC. Male volunteers minister to male offenders and female volunteers to female offenders.

DEMOGRAPHICS:

Age Group: Adult male or female—18 and over
Family Status: Member of the Body of Christ
Geographic Considerations: Open to members of a Christian Church in Charles and surrounding Counties, Maryland
Special Interests: Desire to work in a prison ministry, Desire to disciple others, Stephen Ministry
Growth: Looking for new members

MEETINGS:

Frequency: As scheduled by the Classification Officer at Charles County Detention Center (CCDC) La Plata, MD
Time: As scheduled by the Classification Officer at CCDC La Plata, MD
Location: CCDC La Plata, MD

OTHER FACTORS:

Volunteers must meet qualifications specified by the CCDC.
Qualification procedures:  Submit a letter of application to the Classification Officer at the CCDC; Letter must be submitted via and endorsed by Pastor Charles Long, GLCS; successfully complete a background investigation conducted by CCDC staff; and complete required training by detention center personnel.

POINT OF CONTACT:

Paul L. Lenker
Cell: 814-574-8810
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Shopper Group

MISSIONAL EMPHASIS:

Support the AfterCare and Mentor Groups by coordinating the delivery of food from the FISH and SHARE food ministries to their returning citizens. Also, support these groups by shopping for other physical necessities such as clothing, toiletries, footwear, work related tools and small household items.

DEMOGRAPHICS:

Age Group: Adult female—18 and over
Family Status: Member of the Body of Christ
Geographic Considerations: Open to members of a Christian Church in Charles and surrounding Counties, Maryland
Special Interests: Desire to work in a prison ministry, Desire to disciple others, Stephen Ministry
Growth: Looking for new members

MEETINGS:

Frequency: As required, normally receive request for support by e-mail and/or telephone.

Location:

  • Grace Lutheran Church & School, La Plata, MD—for FISH and SHARE foods
  • Lutheran Mission Society’s Mobile Compassion Center—located at one of 3 churches according to a rotation schedule for free clothing, toiletries, footwear, and small household items
  • Health Partners, Inc., Waldorf, MD—for free clothing, toiletries and footwear
  • Catherine Foundation, Waldorf, MD—for free maternity clothing
  • Various thrift stores
  • Other retail establishments

POINT OF CONTACT:

Paul L. Lenker
Cell: 814-574-8810
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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