The prison system has suspended onsite and offsite activities indefinitely, effective Friday, March 13, 2020, due to safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 situation. Volunteers will be notified when the status of this closure changes via our website (www.forsythjpm.org), email and Facebook. We thank you all for your continued service to the ministry and the men and women at the jail.
Our Ministry at the North Carolina State Prison Center is the smaller of our two ministries. With approximately 250 inmates, there are a variety of programs to serve them.
Worship & Bible Study
Worship is every Sunday. The Disciple Bible Study provides an intensive nine-month study led by volunteers. Thus group meets at the Prison Chapel on Wednesday evenings. Our Ministry was the first to offer the Disciple Bible study in a prison setting and became the model for instituting Disciple classes in other prisons across North Carolina and nationally.
Yokefellows is a weekly program to promote positive relationships between inmates and community volunteers. Every Thursday, community volunteers meet with inmates for mentoring relationships at the Ministry’s Prison Chapel. The support of a concerned mentor is essential for a successful reintegration into society. Mentors provide the guidance and friendship that is crucial to forming positive, constructive life-styles on the outside. Yokefellows is an inter-denominational, personal ministry that permits inmates to seek one-on-one spiritual guidance, fellowship and friendship from outside volunteers.
Over 43% of prison inmates lack a high school diploma. Our literacy program assesses the academic level of the inmate and matches him with a tutor in the areas of reading, writing and math. Many inmates will achieve their high school equivalency diploma while in prison. Basic literacy or a high school diploma strengthens the inmate’s re-entry into the community and creates additional employment options. Volunteers are matched with an inmate to tutor every Tuesday, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
To mentor the child of an inmate contact:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Goodwill Industries Good Guides Teen Mentoring Program
On Wings Like a Dove provides spiritual and emotional support for families who have an incarcerated loved one.
The Potter’s Hand is a creative arts program for inmates and volunteers. This program uses clay and biblical themes for inmates to explore what it means to be created in the image of God. The Potter’s Hand Program is coordinated by Senior Chaplain Stilwell. Pottery projects are used in workshops that focus on strengthening the inmate’s father/child relationship. Chaplain Stilwell presents the Potter’s message at churches. Please contact by e-mail, or call (336) 759-0063 for scheduling.
Beautiful Cross pendants are created by inmates and are a symbolic reminder of Christ’s love. The medallion is 1¾ inches in diameter and hangs with a natural leather lace. Suggested donation is $2.50 each, plus shipping. Available in a variety of colors. To order Potter’s Hand pottery contact The Potter’s Hand by e-mail, or call (336) 759-0063.
At the initiation of an inmate over 15 years ago, an inmate choir was formed under the supervision of the ministry. Community volunteers work with the chaplains to supervise and coordinate the Cherry Street Ensemble Inmate Choir to sing at churches and community events. These invitations provide opportunities for churches to meet inmates and hear their stories. Male volunteers are needed to sponsor the inmates to these singing events.
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Directions to Forsyth Correctional Center (Prison)
The address for the prison is 307 Craft Drive, Winston Salem NC 27105
From Silas Creek Parkway:
Go North on Silas Creek Parkway follow the extension to the intersection of University and North Point Blvd. Continue straight on North Point Blvd. Take a right at the light at Cherry St. Take the first left turn on Craft Dr. Take the second left in front of the fence off Craft Dr. (1st turn is the DOT parking lot) and follow the drive until it dead ends (go past the white house on the right) and go into the right hand parking lot (look for a sign that says “off limits”). Park next to the two story brick chapel. Come to the parking lot level door, by the shed, under the overhang and press the button. Speak into the intercom. The intercom will ring at the Administrative Assistant’s office, and she will let you in.
Go North on Cherry St. and continue past the Coliseum. Just past the intersection on Polo Rd and North Cherry St., turn right onto Craft Dr.
From Polo Rd:
Follow Polo Rd. past Wake Forest University. Turn Left at the light at the intersection of Cherry St. and Polo Rd. Turn right onto Craft Dr.
There is a sign, almost to the immediate left, showing 311 Craft Drive and the DOT yard. Turn left there and follow the lane around by the DOT and to the right, as it comes in behind the prison. Behind the “white” administration houses the Chapel is the brick building situated halfway inside the yard fence. The door is beside the white storage shed in the parking lot.