Kairos Prison Ministry

Kairos Prison Ministry

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Kairos Prison Ministry was introduced into South Australia in 2001. The Rosefield community has been most supportive of Kairos since its inception.

Kairos Prison Ministry is an interdenominational Christian ministry, whose mission 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 a productive citizen”. Kairos is a response to Christ’s words in Matthew 25:36: “I was in prison and you visited me”.

Kairos consists of 3 inter-related ministries:

  • “Kairos Inside” is a ministry conducted in prisons to groups of prisoners. The Kairos program is designed to challenge each participant’s attitudes, and to encourage change, by focusing on the beliefs of prisoners – beliefs about themselves, others, the world and God. With the help of Prison Chaplains, prisoners are invited to attend a 31/2-day Short Course in Christianity. During the Short Course groups of prisoners and team members form table families. As the participants hear of and experience God’s love, acceptance and forgiveness, trusting relationships begin to develop. Kairos follows-up the Short Course with a weekly Journey Program – an on-going discipling program, which helps to maintain the Christian community within the prison. In SA Kairos runs Short Courses at Mobilong Prison, near Murray Bridge, every six months, and hopes to also introduce Kairos programs to other prisons. Each Short Course requires a team of about 40 men and women.
  • “Kairos Outside” is designed to support female family and partners of men who are, or have been, in prison. This is done at a residential weekend program, followed by support group meetings and reunions. The isolation and rejection of women who have family members in prison is very real, and Kairos Outside “KO” has helped many to discover that they are not alone and that support is available. In SA KO weekends are held twice each year at the UC Nunyara Conference Centre, at Belair.
  • “Kairos Torch” is a ministry of Kairos for young offenders. The 3-day program encourages the participants to “remove their masks” so the real person, rather than the one they pretend to be, can shine forth. Torch programs in SA are conducted at the Cavan Youth Training Centre, in the northern suburbs of Adelaide.

Members of the Rosefield community support Kairos by volunteering to be part of a Kairos team, praying (each program has a prayer vigil), baking biscuits, writing letters, attending a Closing Ceremony or financially.

Please contact the Rosefield Office 82719528 for more information.