AOPM at Efland United Methodist Church

We had a great time this past Sunday at Efland United Methodist Church. Our Ready Singers choir performed and Douglas and Rodney from Orange Correctional shared their testimonies. AOPM board member Aaron Griffith preached the sermon. Thanks to all who came out!

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AOPM, on the road

Come out and see Chaplain Love and the Ready Singers choir at a location near you! Contact us if you would like more info about any of these events. Here’s our up-to-date schedule:

Name of Church/Event  Location Date Departure/Arrival Time 
NC Department of Public Safety Volunteer Banquet Raleigh, NC Thu, April 27, 2017 10am-2pm
Efland United Methodist Church Efland, NC Sun, April 30, 2017 10am-2pm
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Chapel Hill, NC Wed, May 10, 2017 6pm-10pm
Church of the Holy Family Chapel Hill, NC Sun, May 21, 2017 8am-1 2pm
Church of Philadelphia Durham, NC Sun, June 25, 2017 10am-2pm
First Calvary Baptist Church Durham, NC Sun, July 16, 2017 2:30pm-6:30pm
Efland United Methodist Church Efland, NC Sun, July 30, 2017 10am-2pm
Christ United Methodist Church Chapel Hill, NC Sun, Aug 27, 2017 10am-2pm
Community Baptist Church Durham, NC September 24, 2017 7am-11am
Efland United Methodist Church Efland, NC Sun, October 29, 2017 10am-2pm
Efland United Methodist Church Efland, NC Sun, December 31, 2017 10am-2pm
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Ready Singers at Duke Divinity School

Today Chaplain Love and the Ready Singers choir visited Duke Divinity School. The Ready Singers led worship during chapel, while Chaplain Love preached a message to the gathered faculty and students. Thanks to Duke Divinity’s Prison & Justice Action Committee for the invitation!

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Ready Singers Perform at UNC Hospital

The Ready Singers choir visited UNC-Chapel Hill hospital to perform for their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. As always, they sounded great!

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New volunteer training

NEW VOLUNTEER TRAINING has been scheduled for Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6 pm. It will be in the Peace Center at Orange Correctional Center. This will be for both new on-site and new off-site volunteers. Seating is limited, so please be discerning about whether you want to reserve one of the chairs (and become an active volunteer at OCC).

To be considered you must be at least: 
1) 21 with a valid, government-issued, picture id.
2) a year off correctional supervision
3) you cannot be a family member of any resident at OCC or on a resident’s visitation list.

On the applications, you will need to provide NCDPS with your driver’s license and social security number (for background check purposes). You will also need to provide character references.

If you wish to be trained, please contact and save yourself a spot. Those who respond quickly will be given priority.

On 3/9/2017, the training schedule will look as follows:

  • 5:45Registration (sign in and begin application paperwork)
  • 6-7pmrequired training for ALL new volunteers.  On-site will be dismissed around 7pm (yokefellows, tutors, worship/study leaders)
  • 7-9:30pmrequired training for new off-site (sponsors) CONTINUES
    after training, off-site volunteers will need to attend three on-site activities before becoming sponsors.

If you are uncertain about whether you want to be a volunteer/sponsor, contact or the Programs department (919-732-9301)

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Pecan and stew success!

Thanks to all who contributed to AOPM’s fall fundraiser, either by purchasing pecans and Brunswick stew or volunteering with prep and distribution. A special thanks goes out to Lamb’s Chapel in Haw River, NC, who provides our stew. Because of your work and contributions AOPM is able to continue ministering to the men at Orange Correctional Center. Also, if you missed out on placing a pecan or stew order (or want some more) let us know – we have some extras!

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Parent Day at OCC

ovc-002Parent Day at Orange Correctional Center began with growing excitement, a bit of nervousness, and 30 pumpkins. It came to a close with those same pumpkins showing the creative talents of kids and their fathers, smiles and tears, and our tradition of going around the room and asking everyone – children, fathers, volunteers, and staff – to share what they liked best about the day.

The four hours in between were filled with board games, corn hole toss (with pretty intense competition, as usual!), family pictures, pumpkin decorating, a book display that kids could pick books from, read with their fathers and take home, lunch prepared by the prison’s cook school, talk, laughter, and together time.

dscn0816Thanks to Our Children’s Place for organizing the day, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough for hosting the caregivers, Chapel Hill Restaurant Group for donating rolls for lunch, and Trader Joe’s in Chapel Hill for donating pumpkins. We were excited to learn that the pumpkins won second place in the Coastal Horizons Center’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Of course, Parent Day could not happen without the dedicated team of volunteers who lend their time and talents and the OCC staff members who provide needed support!

–reported by Melissa W. Radcliff, Program Director for Our Children’s Place

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