The weekend includes a series of talks by women sharing their life’s journey. Guests listen to the talks in small family groups; sharing in the groups is voluntary. The program is interspersed with music, prayer, fun activities, and general pampering. We expect those in attendance to stay for the entire program.
Any adult female whose life has been impacted by being incarcerated herself or by the incarceration of a relative or friend is eligible to attend a KO weekend. Guests may attend only one KO Weekend. Formerly incarcerated Guests may attend only if they did not have the opportunity to attend a Kairos Inside Weekend. While the weekend is Christian in nature, no religious affiliation is necessary for the Guests who attend. All women impacted by incarceration are welcome regardless of their faith. The weekend is not coed. No men, (not even team members) are permitted in the community room with the women.
The Team is made up of approximately 28 women, 3 men (the kitchen crew) and 2 clergy women. Many of the team members may be active in the Kairos Prison Ministry in various institutions throughout the state of North Carolina and the world. All team members come from many different Christian denominations and are committed to ministering to the incarcerated and their families.
No, a team member will contact the Guest.
The weekend begins on Friday evening at 6:00 pm and ends on Sunday afternoon by 4:00 pm.
There is no cost to the Guests. The funds are provided by local Christian communities.
The retreat is held at a local retreat center or camp. The facility provides room and board— everything except personal articles. Dress is casual and comfortable. Transportation may also be provided, based on needs.
No. All we ask is for the Guests to be open to discussions from a Christian perspective.
The men are present only to prepare and serve meals. They do not participate in any of the community room activities, and they have separate sleeping quarters.
This walk is often difficult. Many people in the outside world do not understand this and may reject those on this journey. This weekend is designed to give support from other Christian women who care about the woman and her incarcerated person.