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Storybook Connections

Prison Ministry
January 05, 2024

- Chris Finger -




Storybook Connections is an outreach ministry of St. Spyridon Church to the families of those  incarcerated at the Larimer County Jail. 

St. Spyridon Orthodox Church is partnering with Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), an  agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, to provide  connections between those incarcerated and their children. This is accomplished through  volunteers who visit the jail and record the parent reading an age-appropriate book to their  child. The recording, along with the book, is then sent to the child, who now has a tangible  connection to their parent. 

Volunteers receive training and an orientation at the jail before participating. They work in  teams of two (male & female preferably) to greet the inmate, help them select an appropriate  book to read to their child, record them reading the book, and assist them in writing a note to  their child that will be included in the book. They also gather vital information needed to send  the book to the inmate’s child. 

Age Group: 

Any adult parishioner at least 21 years of age who is interested in following our Lord’s  command to “visit those in prison” is welcome to join us. 

Getting involved:  

We are in need of volunteers to do the recordings at the jail and to process the recordings and  mail the book and recording to each child. We are also in need of books (we will provide a list) as well as funding for books, envelopes and postage. 

If you are interested in helping with this ministry please contact Chris Finger.



Chris is a graduate of the Sacred Music Department at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. After marrying Barb in 1967, they moved to Boulder, CO where Chris earned a Ba...[more]
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Chris is a graduate of the Sacred Music Department at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. After marrying Barb in 1967, they moved to Boulder, CO where Chris earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from CU in 1969. After teaching Choral music for 7 years at 2 Jr. High schools and First Presbyterian Church in Boulder, Chris started a piano tuning and rebuilding business which eventually became Chris Finger Pianos in Niwot, CO, specializing in complete piano restorations and importing the finest quality pianos from Germany. Chris is married to Barb and they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Their oldest son Christian lives in Nashville with Cara and children Caroline, Corinne, and Christian IV; daughter Kimberly and husband Dan live in El Paso, TX with children Andrew, Christiana, and Caleb; and son Jonathan lives in Westminster, CO. Chris and Barb joined the Orthodox Church on Holy Saturday 1998 and have attended St. Spyridon since 2008 assuming the position of adult choir director in February of 2009.