International (MNN) — Many churches observe Orphan Sunday and some sort of Missions Sunday, but how many set aside a worship service to lift up prisoners and crime? This could be your church's year to start.
Restorative Justice Week will be observed from November 14 to 20 all across the globe. This is an opportunity for believers and churches to come together in prayer for prisoners, prison ministry and the justice system.
This year, Crossroad Bible Institute, a ministry that has programs reaching out to inmates worldwide with God's Word, is providing a Restorative Justice Toolkit to help churches raise awareness of restorative justice issues and spur congregations to action.
The free toolkit is perfect for churches who are observing Restorative Justice Week for the first time. The toolkit includes bulletin covers and inserts, sermon starters, calls to worship, prayers and song suggestions, and a list of CBI representatives who might be available to speak in nearby churches.
For even more intense study of restorative justice and a deeper look at how to best be Christ in the system, the toolkit also provides a four-week small group Bible study. Recordings of relevant radio programs and other educational resources are included as well.
If you have a heart for prison ministry or for God's kingdom leading the way to restorative justice around the globe, encourage your church to observe Restorative Justice Week. Access the free materials in the CBI toolkit at www.cbi.fm.