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Kairos Inside

Kairos comes from a Greek word meaning the “right time”. As an organisation we believe that the ‘right time’ to discuss the deeper issues in the life of offenders, is  when they are in prison. There they have time to reflect ,without too many distractions, on the events and impact of trajectory of their past life, their hurts, their mistakes, their often muddled thinking and the harm they have caused others. We believe the chapel not the classroom is the best venue for this spiritual introspection.

Kairos believes that true rehabilitation starts with the “heart”. With this in mind, our ministry to men and women in prison begins with a Kairos week where volunteers model and communicate God’s unconditional love, grace and mercy. It is here that God begins changing hearts. A key outcome of the Kairos weekend is for participants to find hope and a new vision for their life through a relationship with God.

The prison environment fosters isolation. During the week many participants take their first steps in learning to become vulnerable with one another. Following the week, they are encouraged to be involved in small groups focusing on accountability, encouragement and prayer. These groups meet weekly and Kairos volunteers continue to return once per month and provide discipleship and mentoring. God continues His work of changing hearts and transforming lives as the participants strengthen their relationship with Christ and with each other. They grow in their understanding that, with God’s help, a changed way of life is possible. As transformation continues, new attitudes are expressed in changed behaviour. Soon they are impacting the world in which they live—inside the prison walls or outside upon their release.

Here is a video from Kairos in the USA about the Kairos Inside ministry:

  • Kairos Inside
    Kairos Inside

    Well trained volunteer teams of men and women from the communities surrounding a prison present a 4 day event, described as a short course in Christianity. This inter denominational team of volunteers – both clergy and laypersons – work with the Chaplain who selects up to 24 participants to attend the event. This is followed by weekly or monthly reunion visits to the participants.

  • Kairos Outside
    Kairos Outside

    Kairos Outside is a special weekend retreat designed to support the women family members of men and women who are or have been in prison. In a safe environment with loving people, women interact with other women who are in similar situations and learn to form small groups to support and give them strength for the challenges they face.

  • Kairos Torch
    Kairos Torch

    Kairos Torch is the youth division of Kairos Prison Ministry.  Torch volunteers mentor youth who are serving time in prison. It’s amazing to see the power of a caring Christian adult speak into the life of these teenage girls and boys. We literally sit on the front row seat of a miracle as God changes these young lives from crime to productive, successful citizens!


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Participant Testimonies

  • "hate into love"

    "Kairos changes hate into love resentment into forgiveness, loneliness into companionship.  Many people from the outside came into that weekend to form a Kairos team. That team is still with us all the way."

  • "where I went wrong"

    "Being on Kairos makes you realise where you went wrong and what you want out of life."

  • "my best week ever"

    "I have been in Prison for 19 years. This Kairos week has been my best week ever, nothing else comes near it."

  • "helped more on Kairos"

    "I have been helped more on Kairos than by the many years of therapy I have received"

  • "I hated religion"

    "I thought Christianity was just about going to church. I have always been open about how I hated religion and despised Christians. But I have received so much love from you, this week, I see things different now and I know I want more of what you have got in my life."

  • "reach your hand out"

    "For the first time in my life I realise that when you reach your hand out it should be to help someone not to rob them."