"Christians are to be salt and light in the world… And when we do so, applying biblical principles to the tough situations confronting us in the prisons and the criminal justice system … it is a powerful witness to an often-skeptical world that the Gospel is not a benign, abstract philosophy but a life-giving relationship with the living Christ who has the power not only to change human hearts but to bring real hope to situations the world may deem hopeless … .”
~Chuck Colson, Prison Fellowship founder
For over 16 years, St. John’s Cathedral has partnered with Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree Christmas program. Established on the biblical belief that all people are made in God’s image with inherent dignity and potential, Prison Fellowship takes a restorative approach to those affected by crime and incarceration. Angel Tree Christmas restores and strengthens relationships between incarcerated parents and their children and families, giving incarcerated parents a way to provide a Christmas gift and a personal message, delivered by caring volunteers, as a tangible representation of their love.
This year we are providing gifts to 44 children from 26 families and we are also providing gifts to an additional 20+ children in HeadStart. We are Christ with skin on, God’s hands and feet to bridge the distance between incarcerated adult children of God and their children and families on the outside. This program is grace incarnate and changes lives; ask me to tell you some stories!
Gifts should be brought back to the church, wrapped, on or before this Sunday, December 10 at 11 a.m. The Angel Tree tag is a sticker that should be affixed to the gift. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Gifts will be sorted and delivered in time for Christmas. If you would like the special joy of delivering gifts to a family, please let me know. Thank you so much for helping bring light and grace into the darkness of this world!