From the Parish News: Ukeucharist!
St. Michael’s, Bon Air, and St. David’s, North Chesterfield, raised over $2000 on August 14 for GraceInside, the non-profit that supplies chaplains to Virginia’s prisons. The annual “Ukecharist” – a ukulele-based worship service. The sermon was from an incarcerated member of St. David’s, Matthew Harper. You can find his sermon here and a recording here.
If you’re looking for a way to answer Christ’s call to visit those in prison, be sure to check out GraceInside, www.graceinside.org. For nearly a century this unique ministry has changed the lives of thousands of offenders throughout Virginia. By distributing Bibles, conducting worship services, providing counseling and coordinating volunteer programs, GraceInside’s chaplains are like lighthouses beckoning toward a new port for the 30,000 currently incarcerated in Virginia’s state prison system. Prisons can be treacherous seas, but they can also be transformative ones. Virginia is unique in that chaplains are not state employees. Chaplains are privately funded by caring individuals, churches, denominations, foundations and businesses. GraceInside’s mission is to provide full-time chaplains in all of Virginia’s state adult and juvenile prison facilities.
Many thanks to all who participated in the “Ukecharist.” Stay tuned for the next one. Better yet, pick up a ukulele and play in the next one!