Prison Ministry

Click here for information on Coming Home, RPC's ministry with returning citizens in collaboration with The Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.

Rye Presbyterian has a long history of active involvement in prison work and criminal justice issues. Below are some of the organizations we have helped to found and are involved in
  • Monthly meetings with each annual class of New York Theological Seminary's Masters of Professional Studies program at Sing Sing.
  • Bi-monthly meetings with graduates of NYTS at Fishkill Correctional Facility (near Beacon)
  • Exodus Transitional Community, a national model for programs providing services to formerly incarcerated individuals when they are released, to help them succeed on the outside. RPC helped found this organization in 1999.
  • Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, the largest privately funded program providing college education in prison in New York (via Mercy College). RPC helped found this program in 2000.
  • Rising Hope (originally the Certificate in Ministry Program), begun in 1997 by NYTS students with the support of RPC, after New York State had shut down all college programs in prisons.
  • The RYE WRITES program is an extension of the long-standing Prison Ministry at Rye Presbyterian Church. This is a program to create a letter writing relationship where writers on the outside will exchange letters with incarcerated people in the New York State prison system. Click here for more information.
  • Church and Justice Service - An annual service, usually following Easter, at RPC that is entirely led by graduates of NYTS who have been released. This connection between people who have served hard time in prison and the RPC congregation is a vivid testimony to the oneness of humankind.
  • Clothes Closet-a collection of business attire to enable men who have been released to "dress for success" when they go on interviews or to start a new job.

To learn more, please contact Bob Steed or Nancy Steed.

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