Agape - posters, letters and placemats


The Greek word for God's amazing love is "agape." On Kairos weekends, it's not just the team members who show God's love to the participants through their actions of "listen, listen, love, love."


If you've been on such a "street" retreat (Cursillo, Walk to Emmaus, etc.) you know what it means to receive the expressions of love in the form of little gifts, tangible expressions of love which are called "agape." "Inside," where mail is curtailed, agape is even more important, but the form it takes is, naturally, also tightly controlled. Agape gifts are paper in the form of posters, letters, cards and placemats.


Paper, crayons, markers, pencils, pens, and computer-printed designs are all acceptable, but no stickers, glue or glitter. Nothing that can come off, such as pasted-on appliques.

You're not artistic? No problem - ask your Sunday School class or youth group to make a set of placemats or posters. Ask the director of the weekend you are supporting if there are any other restrictions you should know about, and how many will be needed, and then turn the kids loose.


In some prisons, personal letters of encouragement are permitted and treasured by the residents; in others they aren't allowed because of the requirement that the chaplain read each letter. These rules can change. Ask your contact for the weekend what is allowed.


Contact persons:   Northern Illinois - Norm Reuter      Central and Southern Illinois: Duane Weeks

Kairos of Illinois, P.O. Box 574, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

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