Peachtree Road’s Restoration Prison Ministry is dedicated to bringing hope and the prospect of a new future to incarcerated men and women. We begin with the belief of self-worth. All of God’s children have been touched by different circumstances. Some have been impacted by crime and their loss is great. We know that there is a “come-back” in everyone and our goal is to help men and women make it.

Restoration strives to create a comprehensive program that supports any aspect of life that can further transformation. In addition to ministry to prisoners, we work with wardens, family and legislators.

Our ultimate goal is to break the cycle of return to prison due to lack of adjustment. With a thoughtful approach, we can provide skills and support so men and women can overcome challenges and step confidently onto a new path.

No life is beyond God’s reach.

HOW WE BEGAN

For over a decade, a core group of women from PRUMC have led a discussion/bible study at Lee Arrendale State Prison under the guidance of Chaplain Susan Bishop.

In 2018, the decision was made to expand the Prison Ministry.

PRUMC formed an alliance with The Cathedral of St. Philip, Covenant Presbyterian and Unity Fellowship Church of God in Christ Decatur to form Restoration Partners

We call our ministry Restoration Partners because this is not a PRUMC ministry, this is Jesus’ ministry

Restore us, LORD God Almighty: make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. – Psalm 80:19

PARTNERS MANDATE

  • Whatever we do we will do it with excellence.

  • Focus on three facilities, initially:
    • Lee Arrendale State Prison (Women – Alto, GA)
    • Metro Reentry Facility (Men – Atlanta)
    • Metro Transition Facility (Women – Atlanta).

  • Fill in gaps not addressed by other groups supporting these facilities. We will be purposely diligent to not replicate, but rather complement, other initiatives.

  • Be a player in the successful reentry of returning citizens into the community providing mentoring, job training, and spiritual support.

  • Be an advocate for prison reform

THE HANDS AND FEET OF CHRIST

To those incarcerated, we offer Bible study, discipleship courses, life skills classes, mentorships and community re-entry programs. Our work with wardens encourages them to change the culture of correctional facilities to ones of moral rehabilitation. Our ministry to families helps make holidays less lonely and nurtures the relationship of parent and child. With legislators, we help retool our system to provide justice with transformation.

Click the sections below to expand and learn more about our specific programs.

“In the [etiquette] class we taught the men how to tie a tie. You should have seen their faces when they could do it for themselves – like a kid at Christmas.

“At Christmas Kindness this year, one of the returning citizens who had participated and who had been free for 90 days was a client. I happened to be volunteering the day he shopped. He recognized me and ran up to tell me he had not forgotten how to tie the tie and how impactful the seminar was for him and his friends.

“He said no one ever took the time to teach them good manners.” – Ed Hamlin

THE KEYS TO OUR SUCCESS

  • Strong team of volunteers
  • Strong support from the clergy leadership of each charter church member

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact Beth Spencer at beths@prumc.org, or 404.240.8234.

OUR ASK

  • Continued financial and prayerful support
  • Feedback on areas that you would like our attention
  • Spread the word