The parish occasionally asks for jigsaw puzzles to donate to the prison. During the first puzzle drive, an 18,000 piece puzzle was donated. It was packaged in four separate 4,500-piece bags. To pass security, however, the bags were opened and dumped together. Since the four bags had each been cut with the same cut template, four pieces could fit into one place. Offenders spent hours looking for the one piece that fit the picture. The offenders enjoyed the challenge of the hunt for just the right piece.
To be a part of the Prison Ministry, please call the parish office, 319-372-2127. You will need to be able to pass a screening and training through the prison system before you can begin ministering to the offenders.