UnitingCare’s Prison Ministry service is a ministry of the Uniting Church Queensland Synod. Our service places chaplains in 13 correctional centres around Queensland, from Palen Creek in the south, to Lotus Glen in the far north. We also provide pastoral care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners through the First Peoples Chaplaincy Service.
Chaplains are present in the centres to serve the spiritual needs of all prisoners, regardless of denomination. Chaplains can also arrange and deliver religious services, including services of worship and Bible studies.
The chaplain’s pastoral presence embodies love, care and a non-judgemental attitude. Our chaplains offer hope but not cheap grace. They embody the Spirit of Christ in all their interactions with inmates, staff and other community members.
Our volunteer chaplains must have the appropriate qualities, training and/or experience, and undergo the Security Clearance and Security Training arranged by Queensland Corrective Services.
Across the world, corrective services chaplains carry out a ministry of compassion and hope, and are often at the forefront of movements towards justice for both victims and offenders.
Queensland Corrective Services aims to rehabilitate offenders through educational programs. Our Prison Ministry service is privileged to offer volunteer programs in several centres, including art and music for young men; a music group for women; and a music group for babies, toddlers and mothers. If you have skills in any of these areas, and would like to become a resource worker, we’d love to hear from you.
To find out more, please contact Steven Fincham on email@example.com or call Prison Ministry on 07 3867 2550.