Jail Ministry

We partner with the Broome County Council of Churches (BC3), Justice and Unity for the Southern Tier (JUST), and the Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT, a branch of Citizen Action of New York) to support their jail ministries, which serve men and women in jail, those released, and their families.

        So often, people make poor choices which can lead them down roads that fracture their lives as well as the lives of those around them. In many cases, these decisions can result in loss of freedom, health, family, and dignity. The cost is staggering in far more ways than simply in terms of money. The potential and worth of human beings can often be clouded, although they are still in fact people created in the image of God. This image may be tarnished or fractured, but the pieces may still be able to be put back together and polished.

        It is the hope of the BC3 Jail Ministry that opportunities and help can be provided to restore people back into a right relationship with God, themselves, their loved ones and their community. BC3’s Jail Ministry team is comprised of two full-time staff persons and nearly 100 volunteers who minister to both the needs of those who are incarcerated or recently released, and their families. The Coordinating Chaplain oversees weekly worship services and classes for the entire jail population as well as pastoral care for both the inmates and staff. A skilled team of volunteers carries out a great deal of the daily programs, religious services and visitation. Reentry services are provided at the BC3 office.

        There are a variety of ways you can contribute to this ministry. Donations can be dropped at the BC3 office: 3 Otseningo Street, Binghamton, NY 13903 (phone: 607-724-9130). For further information, contact Chaplain Cris Mogenson at bcjchaplain@gmail.com.

  • BCJM is collecting Christmas gifts to distribute. Click to download their wish list.

            The gifts for children will be assembled on Wednesday, December 5, starting at noon at Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, 308 Main St, Johnson City, NY 13790. Packages will be available for delivery around 3pm (and days following) by anyone willing to deliver them to homes.

            White paper bags are available from the BC3 office that can be picked up and decorated for use with the inmate Christmas gifts. Return decorated gift bags to the BC3 office. Gift bags will be assembled at the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, December 20, starting at 6pm. (RSVP is required.)

            BCJM provides two stamped Christmas cards to every inmate, which they can mail out to their loved ones. With a population often well over 500, BCJM would greatly appreciate donations of first-class stamps.

  • Anonymously send books and magazines to individuals incarcerated in the Broome County Jail. This project, spearheaded by the Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT), seeks to help meet the massive demand for books, magazines, and literature in the BC Jail.

            Books must be shipped directly to the inmates from Amazon. Inmates have requested a variety of books, including novels, non-puzzle books (crosswords, mahjong, etc), and poetry. Try to send things that are compelling and entertaining. Jail can be incredibly boring. PLOT is working to coordinate specific requests from inmates at a later date.

            To register for this program, click to link to the Google Form. This program is anonymous and inmates will not receive the name and/or address of any contributors.

  • The Family Literacy program enables inmates to read and record books which are sent to their children. BCJM always needs new or gently used paperback children’s books, blank CD-Rs, and manila envelopes.

  • Paperback Bibles

    BCJM provides bibles to the inmates that they serve. New or gently used paperback bibles of any popular version are always needed. Contact Chaplain Cris if you would like to donate.

Sunday Worship @ 10:00am

The United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton

42 Chenango Street

Binghamton, NY 13901

Ph: 607.722.4219