Acts of Compassion
As Christians go about daily life, they meet people with various needs. That’s often when God begins stirring hearts to consider ways to bless an individual or family. To read more about our exciting new ministry called Acts of Compassion, please click on the brochure below.
Participants meet once a month for a meal with their visitation group. At that time, they receive their assigned visit. They have two weeks to make the visit and turn in the results to the church office. This is a wonderful way to meet other Saturn Road members as well as a way to make our guests feel welcome. Have babysitting issues? Why not find another couple with children and work out an arrangement to keep each others children on the week that your team meets. Call Sue Yarbrough in the church office at 972.271.2444 or e-mail her directly.
New Life Behavior: Our Prison Ministry is growing by leaps and bounds. We are currently mailing off over 300 NLB (New Life Behavior) courses through the Texas Prison System. Laurel Blackburn heads up our team of volunteers who grade these courses and mails them new ones out as they are being returned.
Gatesville Women’s Unit: Every first Sunday of the month, at 8:00 AM, our Saturn Road van leaves the church parking lot and heads to Gatesville. On our way, we stop and pick up several members from various area congregations to travel to the Lane Murray and Woodman Prison Unit in Gatesville where our brothers in Christ lead worship service. Some of the men and women in our group go cell-to-cell praying for, sharing with and visiting with women who are being held in ad-sag where they are unable to attend any of the worship services or Bible classes. Our visits are the highlight of the week as it’s one of the rare times they are able to communicate with free world people. We pass out prayer request forms along with some of our Christian literature. We also share scripture and answer questions they might have concerning spiritual matters. When possible, we spend time with each inmate who submits a request. Roger Price is the volunteer chaplain who works in the Gatesville Units and is from the Gatesville Church of Christ. We have been providing a portion of his support for several years. He is instrumental in getting us into the various units to do our ministry work and is the one who organizes and conducts the baptisms.
Bound in Christ: BIC is a support group for men and women who have a loved one who is incarcerated or for the men and women who come out of the prison system. We meet once a month on the third Sunday at the Saturn Road Teen Center. Our time is spent together sharing a meal, in prayer, encouraging and supporting one another and signing cards to many of the inmates throughout the Texas Prison System. Each December, we host a Christmas Party for the children whose parents are incarcerated and invite Santa to come and pass out goodies to the children.
Kairos Outside North Texas: KO is a weekend retreat for women who are 18 or older who are invited to come and experience a weekend filled with Christ’s love. They are surrounded by other women who are traveling down some of the same paths: dealing with issues of separations of a loved one due to incarceration. This weekend retreat is provided to the guest at no cost to them, leaving the responsibility on the team to raise the funds. This weekend is an event that takes place twice a year, in the spring and fall. Some of our members have either worked or attended this weekend and have been blessed by the experience. Many of our Saturn Road children and youth have been involved in providing some of the agape that is given to the ladies on the weekend. For more information on Kairos Outside North Texas, see http://www.kairosoutsidenorthtexas.com
Recovery in Christ: We are in the first year of our mentoring program for men who have recently been released from the Texas Prison System. We are currently working with the Central Point Church of Christ and each month we provide two meetings: one at Saturn Road to accommodate those in the North Dallas area and Central Point for the South Dallas area. We provide breakfast, fellowship, prayer time and study from the Bible, as well as some life skill planning. We look to assign each person with a Christian man who is willing to mentor the individual who seeks guidance.