Friends of Dismas Church
Melbourne
Victoria

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Who we are

Friends of Dismas is a church for parolees, ex-prisoners, and their family and friends. Dismas is the traditional name of the repentant thief mentioned in Luke 23: 40-43.

Friends of Dismas meets each Wednesday at 2:30pm at Melbourne Welsh Church at 320 Latrobe St, Melbourne.

Each week attendees share a cuppa, people share how their week has been, have a bible study, and finish with communion and prayer requests. On the last Wednesday of each month, an attendee shares their story.

Friends of Dismas seeks to support people as they transition from prison into the neighbourhood, and hold them accountable to the community that surrounds them. The aim is to be a safe place where people can be heard but know they are not judged. Many have such painful stories and need to seek healing and God’s forgiveness in their lives.

Friends of Dismas endeavour to encourage attendees as they grow in their faith, to live a crime-free life, offering them friendship and supporting them on their journey.

The aim is for there to be ‘No More Victims’; a safer society.



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Friends of Dismas Church
320 Latrobe St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Australia
Phone: 03 9431 3877
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Church Pastor

Kevin Maddock
Kevin Maddock
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320 Latrobe St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Australia
Phone: 0438 370 082
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Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Wed 2pm, service starts at 2:30pm

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History of Friends of Dismas Church Melbourne VIC

Early in 2012, several folks were reflecting on the need for supporting people who were leaving prison. They spent time with people who were interested in meeting this need within Churches of Christ, the Baptist Church, and Prison Fellowship Victoria.

Prison Fellowship volunteers visit over 400 prisoners face to face each month. Over the years the team has become aware of people who either return to their Christian faith or begin a spiritual journey while inside prison. Some of them, because of their convictions, find it difficult to fit into a ‘normal church’ fellowship, especially those on supervision orders where it is not appropriate for them to be in certain situations.

Friends of Dismas spent time with senior police and those who head up Corrections looking at the possible problems of offering a gathering where ex-offenders could come together and share a meal and fellowship, without breaking laws. They have also been most helpful in getting this program up and running. Police have directed people who are in need or isolated to us for support.

Friends of Dismas is made possible thanks to the generous support of volunteers, donations and the many people who pray faithfully for this valuable ministry.   Edit


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The power of Christian prayer The way, the truth, and the life
Lord Jesus, thou who art the way, the truth, and the life; hear us as we pray for the truth that shall make all free. Teach us that liberty is not only to be loved but also to be lived. Liberty is too precious a thing to be buried in books. It costs too much to be hoarded. Help us see that our liberty is not the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to please to do what is right.
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