Spiritual Advance: Calling all Men! Methodist Retreat as reported in The Beacon!
Learn What’s on the Inside of GraceInside
Like a small, flickering beacon in the distance,
GraceInside purposes to be the light of Jesus Christ
Calling forth hope and change and a new way.
GraceInside’s chaplains are like lighthouses beckoning toward a new port for the 30,000 currently incarcerated in Virginia’s prison system. Prison’s can be treacherous sea, but they can also be transformative ones.
Virginia is unique in that GraceInside’s chaplains are not state employees. Instead, caring individuals, churches, denominations, foundations and businesses, privately fund their chaplains.
GraceInside’s Mission: To provide full-time chaplains in all of Virginia’s state adult and juvenile prison facilities.
During the 2014 Virginia Annual Conference in Hampton Roads, the Rev. Lynn Litchfield introduced GraceInside to the 3,000 laity and clergy present, many hearing “Hope’s” story for the first time. For those who might have forgotten making acquaintance back then with GraceInside, Virginia’s prison chaplain service, they’ll no doubt remember the woman wearing the orange prison jumpsuit.
On Saturday, November 7 at the Virginia UM Assembly Center, Lynn Litchfield, the lady in the orange prison jumpsuit, will share with men attending the 2015 Spiritual Advance the dramatic story of
“Hope” at 8:30 Saturday morning, and a Prison
Ministry workshop at 2:30 that afternoon. As mentioned in the August issue of
The BEACON, you now have the opportunity see the video of “Hope’s Story,” some for the first time, and again, for others.
For anyone who might have questions about prison ministry, you’ll want to concact Gene Mims; he’s the UMMen Prison Ministry Advocate. Not only that, Gene also serves as GraceIside’s Executive Committee Vice Chairman. If you do have questions, it’s likely that Gene will have the answer, or point you to someone that does. You can reach him by phone at804-536-4382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.