Reprinted from May 2008 Messenger.
You have heard a lot about Kairos INSIDE. Now, here is something about Kairos OUTSIDE, a “sister” group.
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 in State or Federal correctional facilities, as well as County jails and other offender programs.
KAIROS OUTSIDE is a support weekend for these women. The spouses, parents, and other relatives and friends often “do time” right along with their relatives/friends. 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 is provided in a safe environment with Christian people during a Kairos Outside Weekend. During this Weekend, the Guests will have a chance to interact with other women who are in similar situations and learn how to form small groups of support thereby giving them strength in their life journey.
The Weekend consists of a series of talks by women sharing their life journey. Each Guest (who must be twenty years old and older) has the opportunity to review the talks in small family groups. However, sharing in the family group is voluntary. The program is interspersed with music, prayer, fun activities, and general pampering.
The Weekend is Christian in nature, although no religious affiliation is necessary to attend. Those who attend are expected to stay for the entire program.
Assistance with child care can be provided upon request, based on individual need. The CHRISTIAN SUPPORT OF WOMEN THROUGH KAIROS OUTSIDE Weekend is a gift to the Guests and is held at a local retreat center or camp. It is paid for by donations from local Christian communities. Dress is casual and comfortable. Transportation can be provided. While men do serve on the team to prepare and serve the meals, they do not participate in any of the activities that happen in what we call the Community Room.
Do you know someone who may benefit from a KAIROS OUTSIDE Weekend? Call Pastor Arlene, and let her know. She will give you an application for the next scheduled retreat.