Kairos Prison Ministry
Kairos Prison Ministry
Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. is the parent organization of a body of ministries addressing the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women and children, their families and those who work in the prison environment.
Our church participates in Kairos weekends twice a year. A Kairos Weekend is an intense, four-day spiritual retreat for prison residents that incorporates curriculum designed to build and encourage pro-social character and behavior, prayer, and music. For each weekend, 42 residents are selected from over 300 who apply. Also participating are 27 additional residents who have been on a Kairos walk previously and have been chosen to serve. The weekends are facilitated by a team of 40+ lay persons and clergy (both the inside team who serve within the prison walls and the outside team who prepare food and pray throughout the weekend).
Why do we bake cookies for Kairos?
The cookies that our church family bakes are available every day on the tables for the residents to eat at free will. In addition, the outside team prepares meals for the residents and team each day, including lots of fresh fruit. According to a Kairos team member from a past walk, it’s not unusual to see inmates sit and stare at a banana, an orange slice or a bunch of grapes and cry because it has been years since they had such a treat.
We have many areas to support and serve the Kairos Prison Ministry from baking cookies, sponsoring a meal for a volunteer, helping with the prayer chain, to participating at the Closing Ceremony on April 23, 2017.
Kairos Closing Ceremony:
The last day is the Closing Ceremony, similar to a graduation for the residents. Both the Kairos outside team and inside team attend (church members also have the opportunity to attend with prior registration— paperwork deadline is April 1, 2017). At the Closing Ceremony, the inmates have the opportunity to share their personal testimonies and get time to meet their prayer partners who have been praying for them all weekend. This last day is a culmination of both the wondrous works of God and a reception of new family members into the body of Christ. To learn more about the ways to support Kairos Prison Ministry or get Closing Ceremony paperwork, contact Barbara Bell.