Prison Programs

Susquehanna Conference United Methodists and other Christians regularly visit jails and prisons. Some do the vital Yokefellowship (PA) ministries by which small groups of Christians - some who visit the prison and some who live there - meet weekly to encourage each other in their Christian journey. Marks of a Yokefellow are: Commitment, discipline, witness, ministry and fellowship. Yokefellow Center in Williamsport is involved in cooperative ministry that includes a hospitality house, post-release mentoring and restorative justice.

Lay ministers are involved with marriage enrichment, parenting classes, correspondence, Bible courses, literacy, Angel Tree Christmas packages and evangelistic services.

United Methodists have made their presence felt through Prison Chaplaincy services in county, state and federal prisons located within the Susquehanna Conference. Chaplaincy services include weekly worship services, Bible studies, retreats and spiritual counseling.

Volunteers are also involved in Kairos; a three day spiritual retreat with the purpose of building strong Christian communities within the environment of correctional facilities. This is followed up by regular small group meetings, where participants share on a deep spiritual level and pray for one another and for residents and staff of the institution.

The United Methodist Women have started a unit at the Muncy Correctional Facility and have also initiated a lay speakers course.

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