Torch Prison Ministry

Kairos Torch, an ecumenical mission organized by churches in the Fox Valley, serves young male offenders.  As a participating church Rejoice will be supporting the next weekend retreat for youth offenders.   Scheduled for May 19-21, 2017 it will be held at the Illinois Detention Center in St. Charles.

torch prison ministryDid you know?

Over 70% of incarcerated youth have one or more parents who are also incarcerated. Kairos Torch helps the youth participants begin to make constructive life choices and establish positive relationships — all of which result in hope for the future and a chance to break the cycle of crime.

The goal of the mission is to engage inmates and bring balance to their lives.

masks to hoide behindA Kairos Torch Weekend creates a safe place for the youthful offender to realize their God-given potential, through the mentoring of a mature, Christian volunteer.

It encourages stripping away the masks they so often use, and and helps them move toward making better life choices.

Mentoring of Youth Continues After the Weekend

Torch team volunteers, both male and female, commit to a weekly mentoring process with the offenders, lasting for a period of six months after the initial weekend.  This includes:

  • Six months of weekly one-to-one mentoring
  • Discussion of self-esteem and anger management
  • Short- and long-term goal setting
  • Monthly group reunions

meal-ticketWould you like to help?

Here are a few ways that you can help the team.

Buy a meal for one of the youth over the weekend.   Cost is $10 and a card with your name (first name only) will be given to the youth along with his meal .

Torch Meal Ticket

  • Complete this form to purchase one or more meal tickets. When you press submit you will be transferred to paypal where you can make immediate payment (tax deductible). If you would prefer to pay by check, please make it payable to "Rejoice Lutheran Church" with a memo line of "Torch", and mail to 0N377 N Mill Creek Drive, Geneva, IL 60134. All checks must be received by May 18, 2017.
 

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Pray for us.  Without prayer the weekend cannot happen.  We will have people like you praying for us every minute of the weekend – day and night!  Sign up for a prayer slot now.

Support our team.  If you would like more information on how you can help, please contact Neil Edmondson.

You are invited to the Closing Ceremony

At the conclusion of the weekend, we ask for representatives of the community of believers to assemble and affirm the youth at the conclusion of their weekend journey. You will be a believer standing in the gap!  Please consider being a blessing to these young men as they begin their heroic journey of faith. This will take place at IYC-St Charles on Sunday, May 21 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

If you are interested in attending this ceremony you can let us know by filling in this short form.  You will need to complete a background check (no cost to you) and we’ll be in touch to get your details (DOB and Social Security Number) nearer the time.

Torch Closing Ceremony

  • If you are interested in attending this ceremony you can let us know by filling in this short form. You will need to complete a background check and we’ll be in touch to get your details (DOB and Social Security Number) nearer the time.
 

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