WHAT IS KAIROS OUTSIDE?
Kairos Outside is a 2½ day Christian Weekend designed to demonstrate God’s grace and love through Christian support for women who have been impacted by incarceration.
In a safe environment with loving people, women interact with other women who are in similar situations and learn to form small support groups to give them strength for the challenges they face in their lives.
Spouses, parents and relatives of the incarcerated often “do time” right along with their loves ones. It is important for them to know that they are not alone, and that there is a Christian community that cares. Any 20-year-old or older female, whose life has been impacted by the incarceration of a loved one, or a woman who was unable to attend Kairos Inside while in prison, is eligible to attend Kairos Outside.
The Weekend is based on a series of talks by Kairos volunteers sharing their life stories. Guests hear the talks in small family groups. The program is interspersed with music, prayer, fun activities and special surprises.
The Weekend is Christian in nature, although no religious affiliation is necessary to be a Guest.
After the Weekend, the women journey together through SWAP (Share, Witness, Account & Pray) and Reunion meetings, where they support and encourage each other as they deal with the impact of incarceration on themselves and their families.
THE GOALS OF KAIROS OUTSIDE
Provide a safe place
Offer unconditional love and acceptance in a Christian setting
Journey together through SWAP and Reunion Meetings
Foster spiritual growth and community
Promote participation in small groups
Create an opportunity for a relationship with God
Unite the families and/or women impacted by incarceration
HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE
Join or Support a Team:
You can become a Kairos volunteer and participate in the weekends.
Not all volunteer opportunities to serve involve being on a team.
Pray for Us:
Without prayer a Weekend cannot happen. We have people like you praying every minute of the weened – even all night!
Bake Cookies or Provide Food:
We need dozens of cookies or food/snacks for a typical Kairos Outside Weekend.
Involve Children and Youth:
Let children or youth groups draw place mats or wall posters. These drawings often mean the most.
Create Agape Posters:
Agape can be posters, placemats and banners addressed to the entire Weekend community as a group. All Agape must be done in prayerful love.
Make a Donation:
All Kairos Outside activities are funded by donations. You can make your donation online or send a check to your local Kairos organization.