Prison/Homeless Ministry

"I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." - Jesus.  Matthew 25:36

Washington First United Methodist Church as a long history of ministering to prisoners and the homeless.  We conduct Bible study programs, present music programs and participate in gatherings with prisoners and their families.  Perhaps most important, we listen.  It is a blessing to see how God's grace works in the lives of these men and women.  It is our hope that many of the prisoners with whom we work will incorporate the love of Christ into their lives throughout their imprisonment and, perhaps more critically, upon their release, which is when they will need God's support most of all.  

Background:  In the spring of 2008, we began teaching the Bible study, Experiencing God, at the local state prison, Wilkes County Pre-Release Center.  After leading the first group, a second group was established for men who had completed Experiencing God. The second group studied Highway to Heaven, a continuing discipleship program for the inmates who had completed Experiencing God. When the Pre-Release Center closed in 2011, the same group of volunteers began ministering at the Augusta Rescue Mission. In 2013, three members of that group felt called back to prison ministry and were invited to establish the Experiencing God program at Whitworth Prison in Hartwell, GA. They now partner with two other churches from the Hartwell area to provide both the Experiencing God and Highway to Heaven study programs.  See below for more specific information.

Augusta Rescue MissioN

Since 1965, the Augusta Rescue Mission has had a tireless commitment to breaking the cycle of homelessness. By creating a safe and healing environment for homeless men—more than just a shelter and soup kitchen—the Mission offers the means for men’s lives to change, arming them with the understanding and wisdom for sound decision-making, as well as with life skills.

Our volunteers meet at McDonald's each Monday and carpool to the Augusta Rescue Mission where we provide a Christian-based program and discussion.  

To participate, contact David Toburen at 706-832-1192. 

Whitworth Prison, Hartwell, GA

The aim of this ministry is to assist inmates in developing a personal relationship with Jesus and in their spiritual growth. It is our belief that inmates will have a much better chance of being successful and not returning to prison if they have a strong relationship with Jesus and the support of faith-based groups. Our goal is to help prepare them in these areas of their lives.

Ways to assist in this ministry:
  • Go to the prison on Thursday nights to help lead one of the groups. We leave at 5:00 p.m. each Thursday
  • Become a prayer partner for one of the inmates
  • Donate to the Prison Ministry Fund to help buy study books
  • Donate toiletries to indigent inmates. A box for this purpose can be found in the church Narthex.
If you are interested in going on Thursday night or want further information, please call Becky Stover 706-318-6143.