St. Thomas' has been given spiritual oversight of the (Anglican) Prison Ministry of Her Majesty's Penitentiary and the St. John's Lock-up by the Bishop and Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador.
A ministry team from St. Thomas' makes bi-weekly Sunday visits to Her Majesty's Penitentiary to share worship, songs, prayers and fellowship with the inmates. Pastoral support is also provided for ex-offenders in the parish by a group of trained volunteers. Rev. John Paul Westin conducts weekly visits and Bible studies and the Rev. Peter Young holds a monthly service of Holy Communion. John Paul works together with an ecumenical Pastoral Care Committee at HMP to provide a comprehensive ministry to all inmates.
Every Christmas the chaplaincy spear-heads Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree Programme, which organizes local churches in purchasing and delivering gifts from inmates to their children at Christmastime. They also provide staff appreciation luncheons for the correctional officers and administration staff twice a year, and provide an opportunity for the inmates to hear excellent local musicians perform through the bi-monthly concerts organized in the gymnasium.
Anyone interested in learning more about our Prison Ministry is invited to contact the Rector (jpwestin(at)st-thomaschurch.com).
MINISTRY TO EX-OFFENDERS
Rick Tessier is minister to ex-offenders and works to help former inmates get re-established in the community and connected to the church. He works together with Right Turn Investments to provide furnished, safe housing for men getting out of prison. To donate furniture or for more information contact Rick at email@example.com
The Reverend John Paul Westin receives a Christmas gift of a cheque for the use of the chaplains @ HMP and boxes of donations for the Emmaus House Food Bank from the staff and officers of Her Majesty's Penitentiary. Flanking him are correctional officers Gerard Evans (L) and Terry Rowe (R).