A Creative Ministry
The Art & Spirit Prison Ministry began in 2011 with a vision and a handful of volunteers from Campbell United Methodist Church and has now expanded to volunteers from other churches. This program provides opportunities for inmates in Santa Clara County jails to connect with their Spirit through the creative arts. Each session has a spiritual theme and includes art, music, scripture, prayer, writing, and reflective discussion. The classes are offered in units on both the men’s and women’s sides of the Elmwood jail. They are inclusive and welcome everyone – regardless of spiritual beliefs.
- Strengthens and deepens their journey of faith
- Affects self-esteem and general outlook
- Offers opportunities to develop self-discipline, concentration and problem-solving skills
- Fosters cooperation, kindness, and supportive generosity among diverse groups of people
- Teaches techniques and behaviors to help cope with their current reality, including journaling, breath prayers and poetry
- Develops community skills, such as working in teams and communicating effectively, both in writing and verbally
- Helps inmates understand their inherent value and care about their neighbors — pivotal in changing lives
- Instills belief in the possibility of transformation
** Would you like to know more about how you can support ministry with the inmates at the Elmwood Correctional Facility—either through the Art & Spirit Ministry, or with advocacy, or in some other way? Here is an opportunity to hear more about how you might do that:
Lydia’s Table – Sunday, November 1, 5:30 pm —join the Art & Spirit ministry team members for dinner and more stories from ministry in the jail at Pastor Kathi’s home. If you would like to attend, make a note on your attendance card during worship services or email email@example.com **
The next Jail Ministry training sessions (given by CIC Ministries) are:
Saturday, January 9, 2016, 9am-1pm
Campbell United Methodist Church
1675 Winchester Blvd
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Foothill Congregational Church
461 Orange Ave
Los Altos, CA 94022
Sat, August 6 and November 6, 2016
(Locations to be announced.)
The artwork will be on display at:
the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
September 12th – November 1st, 2015 with an
opening reception on September 13th from 2-4pm.
ALL are invited!
See and share the event flyer here.
from the video description:
“Transformation: Art from Within showcases a collection of artwork created by women and men incarcerated at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas, California. The remarkable art installation was just a representation of hundreds of art pieces created by the inmates. Campbell United Methodist Church’s Art and Spirit Ministry team has been leading classes at the jail since 2011. The team is able to offer this unique ministry thanks to the support and guidance of Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy (CIC) Ministries.”