On October 21, St. Philip’s youth groups participated in a “lock in” at the church to have time in fellowship and to serve others at the same time. One of their activities was to bake 100 dozen cookies to be used at a Kairos Prison Ministry weekend in early November. In all, 4,000 dozen cookies were baked by Christians across Arizona for this weekend. These cookies supported the Kairos Christian transformational experience for a group of inmates at La Palma prison in Eloy, Arizona. Our youth supported the pastoral care mission of our church, our Diocese, and our Gospel (Matthew 25:36 “I was in prison and you visited me”), serving others while strengthening their own St. Philip’s youth community.
A huge “thank you” to our St. Philips Youth (SPY) and Journey to Adulthood (J2A) groups for helping to make it possible to provide a bag of cookies, and a message of God’s free grace and love, to every one of the 3,200 inmates incarcerated at the largest prison in Arizona.
—Jim Prescott-Smith, Prison Ministry