Chapter Member of Kairos Prison Ministry International  http://www.kairosprisonministry.org

How Kairos Works

Kairos Inside addresses the spiritual needs of prisoners. Kairos volunteers go into prisons in teams of 30 to 40 to pray, share the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, and share meals and fellowship with the incarcerated. This is accomplished by the following:

  • 3 ½ Day Weekends:
The first visit is a 3 ½ day Weekend conducted in an institution by a team of volunteers of the same gender as the institution. The Weekend begins on Thursday evening and ends with a spirit-filled Closing on Sunday. This is only the “starting point” as the Participants are guided through steps of understanding the Christian life.
Each day of the 3 ½ days of the Weekend has a guiding purpose or focus. The activities for each day are designed to support that day’s purpose. As the day’s activities unfold, a building process is occurring. The Participants are led, step by step, through a growing understanding of the focus for that day, which is why Kairos is such a structured program. Every activity has a purpose that supports a higher purpose for the day, and every activity builds on prior activities. Everything has a place and an order.

The theme of each day of the 3 ½ Day Weekend and the focus for that day is:

  • Thursday - Encountering Kairos
This day is a time to reduce anxiety (for both the Participants and the Team) and to begin to build comfort levels.

  • Friday - Encountering Self
This day the Participants begin to understand themselves and their standing with God.

  • Saturday - Encountering Christ
This day the Participants examine their relationship with Christ and others and the role of forgiveness in those relationships.

  • Sunday - Encountering Others
This day the Participants begin the process of growing in faith and community with others.
Instructional Reunions:
The Team returns to the institution as soon as possible, but no later than 3 weeks following the Weekend, to teach the newest members of the Inside Community how to form Prayer and Share Groups.

Weekly Prayer and Share Group Fellowships:
This is the heart of Kairos! The ultimate goal of 3 ½ Day Weekends is to build a Christian community inside the Institution. Prayer and Share Groups of 3 to 6 individuals provide an opportunity for the Inside Community to pray and fellowship together on a weekly basis by nurturing each other in their faith walk and providing accountability.
Monthly Reunions:
Participants provide leadership for monthly Reunions. Three or more Participants are selected to share how Jesus is working in their lives. This gathering creates an environment that fosters participation and an opportunity for spiritual growth in the lives of the Participants.

1- or 2-Day Retreats:
A 1- or 2-Day Retreat is held approximately 3 months following each Weekend. The Retreat is conducted by a small team with a minimum of 10 Kairos volunteers and is open to all Kairos Participants who have experienced a Weekend. Various topics are carefully chosen for these retreats to enhance and encourage the participants to continue their Prayer and Share groups.

Used with permission from the Buckingham Correctional Center Kairos Volunteers. 

Kairos Outside is designed to support the female family and friends of men and women who are, or have been, incarcerated in the country’s state and federal correctional facilities, county jails, and other offender programs. The spouses, parents, other relatives and friends of the incarcerated often “do time” right along with their family member or friend. It is important for them to know that they are not alone and that there is a Christian Community that cares about them. This support and care is provided by Christian people in a strictly confidential, safe environment. During the weekend, the guests will have a chance to interact with other women who are in similar situations and learn how to form small support groups, thereby giving them strength in their life journey.

The Purpose of Kairos Outside is to demonstrate God’s grace and love through Christian support for women who have relatives or friends who are, or who have been, incarcerated. Our Motto is, “Listen, Listen, Love, Love”.

What happens at Kairos Outside?
The Weekend Retreat is a series of talks and activities by women sharing their life journey. Each guest has an opportunity to review the talks in small family groups. However, sharing in the small family group is voluntary. The program is interspersed with music, prayer, fun activities, good food, lots of surprises, and general pampering. The Weekend is Christian in nature, although no religious affiliation is necessary to attend.
Who may attend Kairos Outside?
Any adult female, 20 years old or older, whose life has been impacted by the incarceration of a relative or friend, is eligible to attend a Kairos Outside Weekend. Women who did not have an opportunity to attend a Kairos while incarcerated may also attend. This program IS NOT limited to those women whose relatives or friends have attended a Kairos Weekend while incarcerated.

Who presents the Weekend?
The Team is made up of approximately twenty-eight women, six men (cooks!), and two clergywomen. Many of the team members may be active in the Kairos Prison Ministry in various institutions throughout the U.S.  All team members come from many different Christian denominations and are committed to ministering to inmates and their families.
For more information send a request for more information on the home page.  

Kairos Torch

Coming Soon To Virginia – Watch For More Information

Kairos Torch offers unconditional love and acceptance, encouraging young men and women (25 years and younger) to share their life journey through participation in a long-term mentoring process.  The program begins with a weekend retreat inside the prison.  The young men and women are introduced to Christian concepts as a means of making better choices.  Torch team members commit to a weekly mentoring process with the youthful offenders for six months after the weekend.