Northward prison chapel undergoes $52,000 renovation to fix mold

The chapel at Northward Prison has reopened after being closed for more than a year due to a mold problem. 

The $52,189 renovation work at the chapel was carried out by 18 prisoners along with staff from the Public Works Department. 

More than 50 inmates, staff and members of the public attended the reopening of the chapel earlier this month. 

“I pray that this sanctuary will be a place of healing and restoration for the prisoners as well as for the staff,” said Prison Chaplain Cathy Gomez. 

Ms. Gomez said the chapel is one of the most widely used facilities in the prison and that prisoners built the original structure and were keen to assist in the renovations.  

The chapel will host daily church services and bible study groups, and a Christian movie will be screened there each month.  

The opening ceremony was led by the chairman of Prison Fellowship Cayman Islands, Pastor Alson Ebanks, and followed by a dedication prayer by Beluah McField, the sister of the immediate past chaplain, the late George McField. She has been a chaplaincy volunteer for 18 years. 

The prison chapel is located on the second floor of the prison. 

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Inmates and visitors celebrate the reopening of the Northward prison chapel.
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