Prison Ministry

Meets the first Sunday of each month, after the 10:30 service

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion— to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
Isaiah 61:1-3

One of the many ways St. James's Episcopal Church serves our community is by participating in Partakers, a nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce prisoner recidivism through education and civic engagement. Partakers works with students enrolled in Boston University's College Behind Bars program. By serving as academic mentors, parishioners at St. James's are able to share God's love with those who really need it, while providing a service that emphasizes individual value and significance – no matter your life conditions.

The commitment is to three monthly visits a year with Nichole, who is an extremely talented and dedicated student in the Boston University degree program at Framingham Prison. Read Forget Them Not: A Holistic Guide to Prison Ministry for an excellent introduction that is very relevant to the Boston area and the work that we do!

If you are interested in becoming part of our team, please contact Tom Tufts for more information at, or attend one of our monthly meetings to hear about our academic mentoring program and meet members of the teamThe Prison Ministry Team meets the first Sunday of each month following the 10:30 service. 

To learn more about Partakers, visit Click here for the video “The Difference We Make," which explains more about the impact of Partakers.