Prison Pack Weekend

Prison Pack Weekend

Thanks for sending gifts to every inmate in Illinois!

Prison Pack Weekend Next Steps

Take Prison Pack Weekend further with these next steps:

• Bring hope to an inmate’s child by buying them a gift on behalf of their incarcerated parent. Pick up an Angel Tree tag from one of the Christmas trees in the Main Lobby. For questions, email [email protected].

 Come to the Prison, Jail, & Re-Entry Connection Breakfast on Saturday, January 5 at 10 a.m. in Room B100 to learn more about the ministry and connect with others.

• Write to encourage inmates with our Pen Pal Team. For more information, email [email protected].

 Be a part of our group that helps welcome former inmates into our community every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. in the Hospitality Room (F280).  Learn about the RESTART Community here.

• Watch the Prison Pack service on Willow Creek TV. Services feature a message from Acting Senior Pastor Steve Gillen as we continue our Awestruck series, and an interview with Anthony Ray Hinton, a former death-row inmate and author of The Sun Does Shine. Anthony spent 30 years on death-row for a crime he didn't commit. Hear his story of incarceration and finding freedom with the help of civil-rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson.


An ongoing investment

For decades, Willow Creek has partnered with local prisons to provide care and support for incarcerated people—both during their time and upon release.

The Willow Creek Prison & Jail Ministry sends regular volunteers to meet with those in prison, fostering relationships with both the inmates and the staff at each site. The Willow Creek Care Center comes alongside families and those who are released to help find jobs with employers offering second chances and get reliable transportation through the C.A.R.S. ministry. The Care Center offers ongoing, wholistic support, to the incarcerated—and their families—both during their time in prison and upon release to lower the changes of re-offense. In 2018, the Prison & Jail Ministry:

  • Sent 3,800 letters to inmates
  • Held 10 in-prison Re-Entry Summits to teach people skills for finding resources and getting a job upon re-entry
  • Worked with 120 people coming out of incarceration to connect them with Care Center services
  • Held monthly meetings with more than 75 formerly incarcerated and affected family members to provide emotional support and resources
  • Served 25 people weekly for a RESTART Bible study
  • Fostered partnerships with 49 employers willing to offer second chances to individuals with records

The Care Center's efforts are paired with the services and community offered each week at Willow Creek Community Church to help people, like Brandon, find hope and healing from their past.

Extending compassion to those, who regardless of what they've done, deserve to feel God's love.