Episcopal City Mission programs provide support, hope and healing to children in detention.
A weekly non-denominational worship service tailored for the children; for example, the service might include faith-based music by “rap” artists or live performances of liturgical dance.
Spiritual formation groups, such as studying sacred texts suited to the educational level of the youth.
Individual spiritual guidance, offering faith-based models for living.
General Guidance and Support Services
Self-esteem and healthy relationship programs, looking at violence, substance abuse, and other issues affecting the teens.
Grief groups which address teen issues of grieving and loss.
Individual pastoral care with the on-site chaplain.
Monthly birthday parties, which serve as an affirming social time for the children
“Reading is Fundamental” allows each child to choose a book of his or her very own each month.
Ministry of Presence
Probably the most important aspect of the chaplains‘ time with the children is what we call “the ministry of presence.” Our chaplains walk the halls, visit the units, and play basketball or board games with the youth. The non-anxious presence of our chaplains reassures the teens that someone cares about their spiritual well-being.