the Culpeper Juvenile Correctional Center
Pender also ministers to youth at the Culpeper Juvenile Correctional Center through Epiphany weekends. The Correctional Center is a maximum-security facility that currently houses 18-21 year-old men. Once they turn 21 they are either released or transferred out of the facility to the Department of Corrections as an adult.
Twice a year, in February and October, Pender members join Christians from other churches locally and spend a three-day weekend ministering to incarcerated young men at the Culpeper Juvenile Detention Center.
We call it "Epiphany" which means literally a manifestation of the Divine. It’s a three-day short course about God's infinite love and grace to all -- including young people most of whom have never seen such a thing. Adults over 21 are welcome to join us for an intense, hands-on, three day experience of being Christ’s hands and feet and serving those who have probably never seen God’s love in action.
Epiphany is an ecumenical Christian Ministry for young men and women who are in the custody of Juvenile Justice Facilities. Epiphany seeks to manifest God's Love to incarcerated youth, known as "Stars" through a three-day short course in Christianity and an on-going follow-up program. Each Epiphany weekend involves a team of adults and youth from the Christian community who work together to show the Love of God to those attending.
To learn more about Epiphany, visit http://www.epiphanyministry.com/.
To read first-hand stories about how God is at work on an Epiphany weekend, read http://butchkinerney.blogspot.com. And to learn more about Culpeper, visit http://www.djj.state.va.us/Facilities.aspx?FacilityID=140.
For more details on Epiphany, email Butch Kinerney at email@example.com.
How to Help:
We can always use additional help from those who know this is a critical need, but who aren’t quite sure yet about going inside a prison. Here’s how:
1. Prayer. Ask God to come into prisons – especially when we’re there -- and claim that ground and those young people as His own. Ask God to put the right words in our mouths so that these troubled teens will hear everything they need to hear to start making better choices. Ask God that we're all kept safe during long commutes; safe while we're inside; to keep our families safe; and to keep Satan at bay while we're working in a place he's claimed as his.
Take 30 minutes out of your day to pray for the ministry team and these young men. Don't know how to pray for a young man in trouble? Sign up at http://www.3dayol.org/Vigil/GetVigil.phtml?pvid=7038&commid=1720
Each weekend we have a 24-hour-a-day prayer vigil for the Holy Spirit to cover the entire weekend in Grace. To learn more, visit the Culpeper Epiphany blog site at http://butchkinerney.blogspot.com.
2. Cash. To keep these important ministries going, we need financial assistance – especially for the three-day Epiphany weekends. We buy Bibles, we buy food, we buy supplies, we buy them each a t-shirt (first birthday gift they've ever usually gotten) -- we have to buy lots of stuff. The Commonwealth provides us the facility and the "Stars". We do the rest. If you're called to help us, here's how:
Sponsoring a young man for the entire weekend: $50
Sponsoring a Bible for a young man: $25
Sponsoring a dinner for a young man: $10
Sponsoring a lunch for a young man $5
Sponsoring one of the team $50.
If you want to send a check, make it out to
Epiphany Ministry Inc. and send to Butch Kinerney, 13150 Morning Spring Lane, Fairfax VA 22033.
All donations are tax deductible. We have receipts which we'll send you.
EPIPHANY PRISON MINISTRYStatistics say that most of the kids incarcerated today will become repeat offenders. Our job is to show kids that statistics don't determine their future, their choices do. As the Body of Christ, we also have a choice to make: reach them or neglect them. We can choose to discard them, but we cannot deny that Jesus Christ died for them.
Welcome to our mission field.
In October, a team from Northern Virginia will again go behind the walls and meet face-to-face with these troubled young men. We hear their stories. And we tell them ours. We talk about what Christ has done for us. We talk about what He can do for them, if they let Him inside -- past their walls and their rough exteriors, past their fear and their shame, and past their pride and their arrogance -- deep inside their hearts.
Some call it Kairos for Kids or Chrysalis Behind Bars, we call it "Epiphany" which means literally a manifestation of the Divine. What it is, is a three-day weekend spent showing God's infinite love and grace to young people.
HOW TO PRAY FOR THE TEAM AND “STARS” OF CULPEPER EPIPHANY
- Start out by thanking God for your day, and that you’re on the outside praying, not on the inside. Thank Him for His Grace and forgiveness in your life, and in all lives.
- Spend a couple of minutes confessing your own sins to Him. Read 1 John 1:9. Ask His cleansing, then accept it by faith and thank Him for it.
- Thank Him for using the Holy Spirit to change lives – yours and others.
- Ask God to specifically bless this weekend – Culpeper Epiphany #18.
- Ask God to open the hearts of the Stars, and to use the Holy Spirit to guide every word spoken on the weekend.
- Ask God to change these young men who are incarcerated, and to sustain them through the rest of their lives. Ask God to build a hedge of protection around these young men both in prison and once they return to society.
- Ask God to soften the hearts that are hardened, to teach compassion to those who are angry, and to open the eyes of those who are blind to Him.
- Ask Him to mend the young men who are broken because of addictions, abuse, mental illness, or simply a lack of love.
- Ask God to teach us how to have His compassion for those in prison and other people in need. Read Matthew 25 here if you’re stuck.
- Ask God to touch the families of the Stars on Culpeper Epiphany #18, and of those imprisoned anywhere, to show His mercy and favor on them.
- Ask God to heal the victims of crime. Ask Jesus to use his scars to heal the scarred. Grant victims' families the forgiveness that heals.
- Ask God for His blessing and grace to come down upon the prison staff who work long hours to serve these young men. Let them not become cynical, but be empowered to serve these men in the best ways they can. Instill prudence and patience in those who guard.
- Ask God to bless the adult men and women who will spend three days inside on Culpeper Epiphany #18, and their families back home.