Centerfield Coffee’s Ministry of the Month for June is the Kairos Prison Ministry!
Written by Sara Freeman
In Ancient Greek, there are two words that can be used for “time.” Chronos signifies chronological time, while the word kairos refers to an opportune or significant moment in time, a critical time for action and a moment when big things can happen.
Kairos Prison Ministry exists to facilitate that moment where incarcerated men, women, and youth can experience an opportunity to not only reconsider choices that have shaped their lives, but also to encounter the God that created them, shaped them, and loves them.
Kairos minsters to others through three specific programs. The first, Kairos Inside, develops a Christian community within prisons by equipping volunteers to stay inside a prison with inmates for a 3 and a half day weekend. During this weekend, Kairos impacts the prisons’ negative and positive leaders by establishing relationships, building community, and preaching the gospel. The second program is called Kairos Outside and operates as a special weekend retreat to support female relatives/friends of men and women who are or have been incarcerated, or while in prison, were unable to attend Kairos Inside. The third program is known as Kairos Torch and exists to reach youth 25 years and younger who are incarcerated through mentoring and weekend retreats similar to Kairos Inside.
Kairos Prison Ministry is Centerfield Coffee Shop’s first ministry of the month because of what they preach: forgiveness through Jesus Christ. This ministry does as Jesus asked in the gospel of Matthew,
“I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Matt. 25:36)
Kairos equips volunteers to minister to inmates of their local prisons by not only going into prisons once or twice a year for a Kairos Inside, Kairos Outside, or Kairos Torch program, but also through building real relationships cultivated by monthly visits.
Centerfield Coffee Shop’s proceeds and tips for the month of June will be going to our closest Kairos community in the Franklin, Hart, Elbert, and Madison County, Georgia area that serves inmates in Whitworth Women’s Facility, Arrendale State Prison, Emanuel Women’s Facility, and more.
If you are interested in giving to this ministry, come by Centerfield Coffee Shop during the month of June, or visit their website at http://www.kairosprisonministry.org to learn more about what Kairos Prison Ministry does, how to give, and how to volunteer!