Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment). The ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. While the former refers to chronological or sequential time, the latter signifies a time lapse, a moment of indeterminate time in which everything happens. In other words, God’s Time
“Jesus come join us in our journey as we seek your will for this community in this environment. Teach us to love each other as you love us to give ourselves as you give yourself that the kingdom of God might be made present to all. Amen.” — Prayer said at the start of a Kairos Session.
“I was in prison, and you visited me.” — Matthew 25:36
About the Ministry
The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.
The Kairos Weekend is modeled on Holy Week. On Thursday night, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper — we serve the inmates cookies and juice. (Kairos is a cookie ministry. Cookies for everybody!) Friday is a day of suffering: Jesus died; the inmates die to themselves: they let go of their old ways. Saturday is a day of waiting. Sunday is the day Jesus rose from the dead, and it is the day when the inmates rejoin the Body of Christ. It is a celebration day, and the Closing Ceremony is a celebration. Throughout the weekend volunteers model and communicate God’s unconditional love, grace and mercy. It is here that God begins changing hearts.
Prayer and Share groups focus on accountability, encouragement and prayer. These meet weekly once the Kairos weekend is complete. Kairos volunteers continue to return and provide discipleship and mentoring.
Kairos is a Christian Ministry. It is not a religion. We don’t teach any doctrine but Love. Catholics, Wesleyans, Presbyterians, and even Methodists minister in Kairos. Jesus is the Carpenter; we are the tools; the inmates’ souls are the things of beauty. As tools, we strive to be invisible: nothing spoils a thing of beauty like a tool mark. We are advocates for the Holy Spirit, not a particular denomination.
Become a Team Member: Kairos volunteers come from all walks and strata of life. They all share a desire to follow Christ’s admonition of Matthew 25:36, “I was in prison and you visited me.” If you feel God’s call to minister to the incarcerated contact Jed Butcher to find out more about the process, qualifications and training.
Become a Support Member: Each Kairos retreat weekend has opportunities for outside support, such as baking cookies, writing letters of support, or preparing meals. Kids can even get involved making place mats for mealtimes.
Become a Cookie Baker: We need approximately 140 dozen cookies for a typical Kairos weekend at Hocking Correctional. Do the math… that’s 16,800 cookies! Homemade cookies are a tangible expression of Christian love and an indication of God’s concern for a group of people who seldom encounter either in the course of their daily lives. Your loving sacrifice will provide “bread” that shines the Light of God’s Grace into the darkest corners of a prison unit. May God bless you for the gift of baking!