Court Street Baptist Church has maintained since August of 1998, an ongoing ministry to women incarcerated in the
Androscoggin County Jail. Wednesday night from 5:30-6:30 is known as church night to the inmates and the guards. Actually,
it is a Bible Study conducted by a team of two women from CSBC led by Reta Turner and Linda Curran. The main objective is to
help the women become acquainted with the Bible and read for themselves what God is saying to them in the hope that they will
get to know Him personally. We are most appreciative of the Bibles supplied by the Gideon’s, and the women are free to take them
when they leave the jail.
The number of women attending Bible Study varies from week to week. The smallest class has been two, and the largest is
opportunity to form a relationship with them. In 1998 when the visits started, Bible Study was held in the cell block, from
there it moved into the library, and now it is held in the visitors' room.
Women are incarcerated for varying lengths of time from just a few hours to several weeks or months. Generally, if their
sentence is longer than 9 months they are transported to one of Maine’s Correctional Facilities.
In addition to the Bible Study, the food and clothing ministries of our church are encouraged, and many have come in after they
have been released. The women are also invited to attend our Sunday Worship Services and Bible Study classes upon release.