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Kairos Prison Ministry

Kairos is an international ministry staffed by volunteers, both men and women, drawn from a broad range of Christian Churches. The purpose of Kairos is to introduce Jesus Christ to inmates and to build strong Christian communities within the environment of correctional institutions. Kairos is active throughout many of the state men and women’s prisons in South Carolina.

The Kairos experience begins with a three-day short course in Christianity, beginning Thursday evening through to Sunday afternoon. The program is derived from the three-day Cursillo weekend. All team volunteers must have completed either, Cursillo, Walk to Emmaus or Tres Dias. The primary objective is to prepare participants for life in an ongoing Christian community. The weekend may be attended by up to forty-two inmate residents, chosen by the Chaplain and approved by the Warden. Every attempt is made to include both the positive and negative inmate leaders of the prison population. After the weekend a weekly or monthly reunion is established depending on the individual prisons’ schedule and involves the residents and trained volunteer team members. The inmate participants are encouraged, through talks and small group discussions to continue to strengthen their Christian walk. They are encouraged during these reunions to involve themselves in regularly scheduled small prayer and share groups in their prison environment. For more information about Kairos Prison Ministry please contact  the Rev. Mike Sheedy.

Cookies for Kairos
Lieber Correctional Institution

“For I was hungry and you fed me… I was in prison, and you visited me.” Matthew 25:35-36

Whenever a Kairos weekend is held at Lieber, home-baked cookies are given to all 1,500 Lieber prisoners leting the entire prison population benefit from a Kairos weekend. For each weekend bring your cookies to Skardon Hall at St. Paul’s, Summerville by 9 a.m. on the Thursday the weekend begins. Also, keep the team and participants in prayer!

What is Kairos? The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families and those who work with them, and to assist in the transition of becoming productive citizens. For inmates in the Kairos program, the recidivism rate is less than half.

Why Cookies? One of the many demonstrations of love offered during a three day weekend is an outpouring of cookies. 5,000 DOZEN cookies are distributed to the 1,500 prison residents, correctional officers and administrative staff. Included in each bag of cookies is a scripture message. Homemade cookies are a tangible and vital expression of Christ’s love and witness from the outside Christian Community.

Helpful guidelines:
• Home baked cookies only, 2” - 2 ½” in diameter. Pre-mixed dough is fine.
• Place cookies in sturdy boxes. Unused pizza boxes and shoe boxes work well.
• Cool before packing. Wax paper between layers if possible.
• Cookies may be frozen.
• Let your children/grandchildren help. Explain how God uses us to bring hope and kindness to those locked away from society, but not from God. Pray for those receiving your cookies.

Prison rules:

For more information on Kairos and cookie recipes, visit the following website:

• St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 111 Waring St., Summerville, SC 29483
• Or to a Kairos team member

• Preferably before 9:00 AM, the Thursday the Kairos begins.
• If necessary, cookies may be delivered to St. Paul’s (Skardon Hall), Tuesday or Wednesday.

If you are unable to bake, we welcome monetary contributions to help pay for supplies and food served during the weekend. Make checks payable to “Kairos of South Carolina.”
• Give checks to a Kairos team member
• Or mail to: Gray Thomas
106 Innisbrook Bend
Summerville, SC 29483-5083

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