Visiting St. Dysmas Sioux Falls - SDSP
What to Expect when you worship with St. Dysmas
You can expect an hospitable welcome and a dynamic worship experience.
Hope Chapel, where we worship is the only place men are called by their Christian names; everywhere else they are known by their surname or number. Because many of the men do not receive visitors it is the only place they can enjoy conversation with someone who is not paid to be there or other inmates. Inmates hear the gospel from our Pastor but experience the gospel through outside visitors. The key to St. Dysmas’ dynamic and vibrant worship and our congregations success is this link with outside visitors.
St. Dysmas is a congregation of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). A congregation council is elected and members serve as ushers, lectors, musicians, communion assistants and the men take pride in their congregation. An Associate council of outsiders from ELCA congregations handles financial matters. Pastor’s are called by a vote of the congregation, rather than hired by the prison system. (This also means our income comes solely from individual and congregational gifts.)
Worship competes with other activities as it does for most regular congregations. While these men don't give up golf, hunting, or fishing to attend worship, they do sacrifice recreational offerings or other events that are available to them during the same time period.
You will be required to submit forms for a background check prior to being approved for entry. Forms are below.
Entering the prison you will be provided a body alarm to use if you feel endangered (this has never happened in our 25 year history) and an id badge to scan when entering and leaving the prison. You will be escorted to and from the chapel by the pastor or a designated and credentialed volunteer.
Department of Corrections (DOC) Access Forms (see below) must be completed by each visitor planning to attend a prison service.
Waiver Form: Waiver-Dec-2019.pdf (Dec 2019)
DOC Access Approval Form: DOC-Access-Approval-Form-Dec-2019.pdf (Dec 2019)
Volunteer Agreement: Volunteeragreement-Dec-2019.pdf (Dec 2019)
Visitor Guidelines: Visitors_Guidelines_Dec_2019.pdf (Dec 2019)
Completed forms must be returned to St. Dysmas SDSP's office, in order to be submitted for processing two weeks prior to the visit. They can be scanned and emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed, (605)336-8660, or mailed to St. Dysmas, 1300 E. 10th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57103-1779
Scheduling a Visit
To book a date to attend worship with St. Dysmas SDSP contact the Sioux Falls Office:
If your call is not answered please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Pastor Bob Chell is the current pastor of St. Dysmas at SDSP
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