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Jubilee Weekend Commencement
Join us for an amazing 2-hour "Mission Trip"
At the end of the Jubilee Weekend, people from the churches around the area gather inside the prison to invite the inmate participants into the Community of Faith. We will sing some songs and hear stories from the inmates about their experience during the Jubilee Weekend, and we will hear how God has impacted their lives.
It is the most rewarding, and one of the most important, 2-hour mission activities you will ever experience! Your presence affirms for the Jubilee Weekend participants that the free-world community is ready to bring them back and to help them start a new life in Christ.
PLEASE REVIEW THIS INFORMATION CAREFULLY
WHO CAN ATTEND:
- You must be 18 years or older to attend a Jubilee Commencement.
- You need to have a genuine desire to extend a message of hope through Christ Jesus
- If you are an ex-offender you may be able to attend but we will need to get permission from the security warden
- If you have a relative incarcerated at the unit at which the Commencement is being held, you will likely not be allowed to attend a commencement at that unit.
WHAT TO BRING/NOT TO BRING:
- Do bring a state-issued photo ID, preferably your driver's license. You will not be allowed into the unit without it.
- Do not bring onto the prison property (including the parking lot) any drugs, knives, and tobacco products, weapons of any kind or any other contraband. All vehicles are subject to search. Check your vehicle before you leave home to ensure there is no contraband.
- The following items may not be brought into the prison: cell phones, computers, smart watches, any other device with a cellular or wi-fi connection, money of any sort, paper or books (unless pre-approved), food or beverages, prescription or over-the-counter medication (see next item), weapons of any kind including key-chain sized pocket knives or self-defense items.
- If you are required to carry a medical device or prescription with you at all times, please contact us to make arrangements in advance
Volunteers shall dress in a conservative and responsible manner that is appropriate for the volunteer assignment and does not detract from the safety and security of staff, offenders and the public. Volunteers shall adhere to established grooming standards. Any attire which is of extreme design, revealing in nature, and conveys messages of a derogatory or offensive nature through language, logos or symbols is prohibited. This includes signs or symbols of apparent membership in a Security Threat Group or Gang as evidenced by tattoos or other signs or symbols of membership. Any extreme haircuts, styles or colors are also prohibited.
Items that will not be allowed:
- Jewelry items worn on the facial areas such as earrings/studs in nose, tongue, lips, or eyebrow
- For females - any attire, to include slits in skirts, shorter than three (3) inches above the middle of the knee while standing. Capri pants shorter than three inches below the knee while standing
- Shorts of any length
- Sweat suits and wind suits unless they are appropriate for the activity being conducted
- Any attire that exposes midriff or shoulders or any portion of an undergarment
- Slacks and pants worn below the waist
- Any attire that is considered to be see-through, low-cut in the front or back or tightfitting
- White shirt and white pants worn together
- Flip-flops or shower shoes (any sandal with the top portion consisting only of a strap that divides the toes)
- Open-toe shoes for male volunteers
AT THE GATE:
- Be at the gate by 2:30 PM. The visitors will enter together. Late arrivals may not be allowed to attend.
- You must be at least 18 years old and have a photo ID to enter, preferably a driver’s license.
- Do not bring your wallet, purse, cash, cell phones or medications inside the unit (lock these in your car). Only bring a photo ID (driver’s license) and your car keys.
- You must abide by the rules and regulations explained to you prior to entering.
- You will go through airport type of security upon entering the prison.
- You will be escorted as a group during the entire time you are in the unit. Please stay with the group.
- Do not give anything to an inmate or take anything from an inmate.
- Do not deliver a message for an inmate to someone outside of the prison.
- Do not exchange any information (such as your phone number or address).
- At the ceremony there will be inmates in attendance that have all been through a Jubilee weekend. Their attendance has been approved by the chaplain and the warden.
- At the end of the ceremony the inmates may be allowed to mingle with the new body of Christ, the volunteer team, and the visitors. The Jubilee inside volunteers and the inmates may be exchanging hugs. It is appropriate for the visitors to shake the hands of the inmates but you should not hug them.
- The visitor group will be sitting in a designated section.
Thank you and enjoy!
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