"...I was in prison and you visited me." Matthew 25:36
of the men in our state prisons have been abandoned by their families and
friends. Often these cookies are the only indication to them that there
is someone out there who cares for them. Each man going is responsible
for 150 dozen cookies! Your help with this ministry would be greatly
appreciated. Feel free to share with others you know that can help.
The volunteers serve these several times a day to the 30 inmates participating
in the program and then to the entire prison population as well. We have
seen many inmates come to know Christ as a result of this powerful weekend.
At the end of each of the three days, the team participating in the Kairos weekend takes a bag of homemade cookies to each person in their dorm, cottage, or cell block. Residents who have already experienced a Kairos weekend will bag the cookies each day and enclose a verse of scripture in the bags. These cookies tell the residents that someone who doesn't even know them still cares enough to give a part of themselves - the time it takes to bake the cookies - without wanting something in return. Such selflessness is often a unique experience for them. Most inmates in our prison system are takers, not givers. This brief experience of freely sharing something of value has a powerful affect. Your part in the Kairos ministry is as important as anything else done during the weekend. Who knows what hearts will be touched and what lives changed by your act of love. Many residents say they came for the cookies, but found Christ!
Types of Cookies:
Dropped cookies, rolled cookies, or bar cookies. Size should be no larger than 3 inches in diameter. Small cookies do not break as easily as large cookies. Please do not make thin crisp cookies, as they break and cannot be used. Do not add toppings, frostings, or powdered sugar to decorate. It is easier to stack plain cookies. Cookies can be made ahead of time and frozen. Store bought "Deli Style" cookies are perfectly fine to donate. While you are preparing the cookies, we ask that you pray for the people who will eat them.
Let the cookies cool completely. Place them in clear containers or quart-sized plastic bags.
Please write on the bag or packaging what kind of cookies are enclosed.
Cookies may be left in the basket on the table located in the breezeway between the Sanctuary and Educational buildings OR the box on the educational building porch.
We accept tax deductible financial donations as well. Make checks payable to Kairos of South Carolina.
A typical Kairos weekend requires up to 5,000 dozen cookies. That's 60,000 cookies!! Homemade cookies are a tangible expression of God's unconditional love and an indication of His concern for a group of people who seldom encounter love in the course of their daily lives. Your sacrifice allows the Light of God's grace to shine into the darkest corners of a prison unit.
May God bless you for the gift of your baking.