New Ministry Opportunities and Group Meetings Supporting Women in Gardendale

Hi Everyone!

Please read below the roster of ministry opportunities and events that one of AWRN’s incredible Parole Team Advocates, Sharon Denham, is spearheading.  Please contact Sharon directly with any of your questions and to find out more.

Happy New Year Everybody!
Just wanted to let you know about a couple of new things happening in the Gardendale area this year that you may be interested in:
1.  “Touched by Incarceration” is a support group for women who have been incarcerated themselves or have a loved on who is incarcerated.  This will not be a cry and whine group; it will be a learning and growing group and we will begin by setting a strong foundation studying “The Faith” by PF founder Chuck Colson. I will be leading this group on Sunday nights at GFBC beginning 1/24/10, 6-7:30PM.  Lori Dennis will be helping me; Room 1027B.  I hope to see some of you, but please share this info with others who really need the safe, positive social setting it will provide.  Gardendale First Baptist Church is located at 940 Main Street in Gardendale, AL  35071.
2.  REFUGE will be a support group for women who are in ministry to hurting women, particularly prison and re-entry, based on Psalm 46:1.  We will be meeting the first Saturday of each month beginning February 6, 2010, 9-11AM, at Ryan’s Steakhouse.  This will be a time of refreshment and networking for YOU, so bring your business cards and brochures for your own ministries, but also plan to learn something from the guest speakers as well.  
Our first guest speaker will be Karen Carr, Re-entry Coordinator for Aid to Inmate Moms (AIM), based in Montgomery.  Their organization is very active in Tutwiler Prison as well as the work release centers in Bham and Montgomery.  As many of you know, nearly half of the inmates released from prison in AL return to Jefferson County, so it is crucial for AIM to develop more Bham relationships.  I hope you will come to the first meeting and learn how you and your church/organization can help.  (In fact, there is an urgent need right now for transporting children to visit their mothers at Tutwiler on the 2nd Sat of each month – let me know if you need more info on that.)
Ryan’s Steakhouse is located at 838 Odum Road, in Gardendale, just off I-65 North at exit 271.  We have a private meeting room reserved. 
Please write or call if you have any questions at all.  And of course, feel free to bring a friend, your pastor’s wife, etc.  The more the merrier has always been my theory – I believe us girls have to stick together!
In His Freedom,

Sharon Denham

Women’s Coordinator, GFBC Prison Ministry


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