The South Ridge Prison Ministry (SRPM) exists to move into broken lives and create a path for God's healing. Though only God can bring a heart to life and cause it to grow, we facilitate the restoring work of God's Spirit in the lives of those in prison. SRPM currently serves those in prison across the street at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. Although it's important to have a "critical mass" of women ministering to women, men are also needed.
Roles include: small group leaders, Bible teachers, musicians, prayer leaders, encouragers, faith story sharers and more.
Currently, SRPM facilitates the following visits from 5:45pm - 8pm*:
Sunday Night Max Worship Service (1st Sunday in Maximum Security)
Sunday Night Grounds Worship Service (4th Sunday in Minimum Security)
Sunday Night Book Discussion (1st Sunday in Minimum Security)
Monday Night Bible Study (2nd & 4th Sundays in Maximum Security)
Wednesday Night Prayer and Praise (1st & 3rd Wednesdays in Minimum Security)
*Volunteers meet in the parking lot of Edna Mahan Correctional Facility at 5:45pm.
THE PREREQUISITES TO PARTICIPATE IN A VISIT:
1. Read South Ridge's Statement of Faith & Belief, then fill out the South Ridge Prison Ministry Volunteer Application at the right of this page.
2. Once received, Jeremy Moore or Olivia Ciotta will reach out to you to schedule a time to get together, get to know you and talk with you about joining the South Ridge Prison Ministry team.
3. After meeting with SR staff, you will receive and complete both parts of the NJ State Volunteer Application. Even though Part 1 has editable fields, both parts should be printed and filled out by hand in blue ink. The state is currently only accepting Volunter Applications that are hand-written in blue ink. Make sure you print and sign two copies of Part 2 (which must also be signed by a witness that you choose).
NJ Volunteer Application - Part 1 (Print, fill out in blue ink, and sign 1 copy)
NJ Volunteer Application - Part 2 (Print, fill out in blue ink, and sign 2 copies)
4. Once you've completed both parts above, compile the pages as one packet, and return it to the South Ridge office. It will then be submitted to Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for processing, which often takes several months.
5. Once approved, the Chaplian's office at EMCF will communicate to you the date and time of the next volunteer orientation.
6. Attend a 2 1/2 hour NJ State Volunteer Orientation, held at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility.
7. Let us know once you've completed orientation, so we can plug you into the place of greatest need and best fit! Then, come participate!
Your Volunteer ID will be kept at the entry gate at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility. You'll need to fill out a renewal application once a year to keep it current. The reapplication is the same 2-part document that you filled out as a new volunteer. Download it above and return it to the church office 60 days prior to the expiration date on your current Volunteer ID.
Contact Olivia Ciotta at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions you may have.