Prison Ministry

Click here for information on Coming Home, RPC's new prison ministry 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)
  • Bi-monthly meetings with graduates of NYTS at Mid-Orange Correctional Facility (near Warwick)
  • 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.
  • Sisters Circle, a monthly program started in 1998 to provide support for women who have a loved one (husband, father, brother, etc.) who is or was incarcerated--this program supports a class of victims often overlooked.
  • Church and Justice Service - An annual service, usually in January, 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.
  • Aletheia, a newsletter prepared by graduates of NYTS and members of RPC.
  • Voices, an annual compendium of sermons preached by graduates of the NYTS program.
  • Embrace, a Brother/Sister, a program connecting members of RPC and others with men and women in prison to exchange correspondence and create a human connection.
  • Food Drive-a program started by the Class of 1996, whereby men in Sing Sing collect canned goods, matched by a collection at RPC, which we combine and deliver to local food pantries and shelters.
  • 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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