Agape is the type of love in which the motive is to respond to another's legitimate needs without trying to get our own needs met. It is love that is self-giving, not asking for anything in return (directly or via response). Agape is the type of love on which our lives are meant to run.
Agape in the Kairos environment is very powerful. Most of the guests on Kairos programs have never experienced unconditional, unqualified giving. In doing so, they experience a tangible demonstration of the support which is available if they start to open themselves to God’s love and acceptance .
There are a range of agape opportunities available for the broader community during a Kairos program. Some are mentioned below but others can be discussed with your local Kairos agape co-ordinator.
Please get in touch with our Support Office and we would be delighted to arrange for the relevant person to contact you
Kairos Inside Agape
Receiving handmade food is a rare experience for those in prison and is a tangible expression of care. Literally hundreds of dozens of biscuits and slices are given out during a Kairos Inside program, as gifts of unconditional love made by people with a generous heart.
Often there are so many biscuits that they are distributed to others in the centre (including the officers and staff as well as inmates not attending the Course). The positive effect and atmosphere during a Kairos course can often be felt throughout the prison.
You don’t have to be a team leader or even directly associated with Kairos, but if this style of support is on your heart, call our office and we will happily put you in touch with the local agape co-ordinator.
There are a few do’s and don’ts relating to ingredients and preparation (for security reasons), but not enough to hinder those creative cooking ideas from flowing. And the guests really do cherish home made gifts!
Obviously being sent to prison is a disruption to family and social life. Sometimes it means total disassociation from loved ones and friends. There are too many men and women in prison who do not have any contact with the world beyond those walls until the day they are released (whether visits, phone calls or letters)
On a Kairos Inside course, each guest receives a bag of individually handwritten letters of encouragement to demonstrate support for the positive choices they are starting to make in their lives.
There are obviously requirements and parameters in relation to writing these letters covering issues of protection, security, privacy. However, the effect is worth the effort. These requirements and arranging delivery can all be discussed with the local agape coordinator. Again contact our office to be referred on.
These can be prepared as expressions of support and encouragement. They are addressed specifically to the group e.g. "To the men/women of XXX Kairos Number XX" or "To the guests on XXX Kairos Outside #XX' .
Cloth/vinyl banners representing any colourful messages of support and love, pictorially presented, that will be utilised on the current and also on succeeding programs.
Kairos Outside Agape
Getting guests to and from the weekend location is often an area where assistance would be appreciated. If you live in an area where Kairos Outside operates, have transport and would be prepared to help, we would love to hear from you.
Over a weekend course guests receive a number of little gifts which express that a special effort has been made just for them and that someone is thinking about them while they are on this journey. Items don't have to be big, but sufficient are required for each person to receive the same thing.
If you are someone who can make, join, or cut up things, and would like to be involved, please contact our Support Office to be put in touch with your nearest Kairos Outside team.