The Agape Ministry for children of incarcerated parents is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton. It was started in 2006 as a local Salisbury endeavor with the participation of St. Alban’s members as a week-long summer camp for 7 to 18-year-olds. Although the summer camp remains an essential component, since then the Agape Ministry has grown into a variety of age-appropriate activities, programs and events that occur throughout the year.
‘Agape’ means the highest form of love – charity. It is universal, unconditional love that exists regardless of circumstance. The Agape Ministry serves children whose homes and families have been disrupted by incarceration of a parent who is often the family provider. This important ministry endeavors to help some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
Agape staff and volunteers guide these children to understand that there are people outside their families who are willing to help them achieve their hopes and dreams. Abundant hugs and smiles aid in their rediscovery of trust as they build relationships with one other and adult staff and volunteers.
The ministry’s primary focus remains a week-long session at diocese’s Camp Wright with its well-trained staff aided by Agape volunteers. A Christmas party is another highlight that brings everyone together for gifts, food, fellowship, and music. The children benefit from events, camp experiences, materials and supplies at no cost. The Agape Ministry is funded through contributions from many sources, including people of St. Alban’s who also provide support with transportation, chaperoning, camp preparations and new ideas. Two St. Alban's members currently serve on the Agape Ministry board of directors.