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Kairos has often been referred to as the “cookie ministry”.  Homemade cookies are a small thing to us on the outside, but to someone who has been incarcerated for a long time, they are priceless.  The fact that someone cared enough to actually bake a cookie for them is very profound.  The Kairos team uses these cookies to help show the love of Christ and of their outside brothers and sisters in Christ to the residents.


It takes a LOT of cookies for a weekend.  Each Kairos weekend at Toledo Correctional requires from 5,000 to 6,000 dozen homemade cookies. Yep, you read that right.  Between 60,000 to 72,000 homemade cookies! It is simply impossible for the team to bake this many cookies.  So, we rely on our brothers and sisters in Christ from our churches, neighborhoods and place of work to bake them.  It is a chance for many people to have a very real and important role in a ministry that will change lives and bring many of the residents to Christ. 


As you might, expect – there are a lot of rules and details related to the cookies, as explained below: 


What kind of cookies can you bake for Kairos?

  • Only home-baked cookies are used.  Cookie mixes, pre-mixed cookie dough from your supermarket, or “frozen cookie balls” from food wholesalers like Gordon’s are all OK.
  • Chocolate chip, oatmeal, cookies with M&M’s, butterscotch bits, plain sugar cookies, Rice Krispie Treats or Snickerdoodles are all easy to make and popular.
  • No icing or powdered sugar is allowed
  • Try to get them between 2 and 3 inches in diameter, so that the cookies are the same for everyone who receives cookies.
  • Don’t over bake cookies.  They will be handled many times and transported in bulk into the prison so they need to be a bit tougher and durable than your average cookie.  If you over bake them, they will become brittle and may break.
  • Please don’t use burned or blemished cookies.
  • If your cookies contain peanut butter or nuts of any kind, please CLEARLY LABEL the bag


How should the cookies be packaged?

  • Package 2 dozen cookies in each 1 gallon zip-lock.  Please count your cookies carefully so they won’t have to be re-bagged.
  • Allow cookies to cool completely before bagging them, otherwise they may stick together a and become useless.
  • Don’t put notes or plates in the bag, or stick notes on the bag – ONLY cookies.  We’ll have to remove everything else before they can go into the prison.
  • If you have made your cookies well in advance of the weekend, keep them frozen until you transport them to your Kairos volunteer. 

What else?  PRAY.  Pray as you bake the cookies, pray for the inmates who will eat them and for the team who will take them inside the prison.  Your prayers are a very important part of this experience for the inmates. 


If you would be willing to help bake cookies for the next Kairos weekend at Toledo Correctional, please email our COOKIE MONSTER at "" and let him know.  He will respond with the particulars of when and where the cookies need to be delivered.





Testimonies from some who have experienced the Kairos ministry

"I Can Only Imagine" by Butch Blankenship



How does a Kairos weekend affect those incarcerated men and women who attend?  Below are some of their comments:

  • “I came into the weekend upset, no hope and in pain. I’m taking away peace of mind, joy and Jesus.”
  • “I’m glad I was incarcerated here at Ohio Reformatory for Women. Otherwise I might not have found Jesus.”
  • “Jesus and my Kairos Prayer and Share Group are my lifeline.”
  • “Prior to coming to Kairos, I was on life support.”
  • “I had a wall around me that I didn’t even know about, and Kairos helped me start breaking down my wall.”
  • “The judge gave me a life sentence; Jesus gave me a life contract.”
  • “There’s a whole lot of love in those letters and cookies.”
  • “After Kairos I’m all the way on God’s team.”
  • “You have not only loved us unconditionally, but treated us with utmost respect.”
  • “What I learned at Kairos is that God doesn’t hate me, He just hates my sins; the volunteers taught me that he is a forgiving God—–no matter what.”
  • “Coming into my Kairos weekend, I was angry and hateful, which made me miserable; the weekend changed my attitude and I am going to study the Bible to continue transforming me.”
  • “Kairos opened doors that I thought I lost the keys to; I am going to let God work in my life a day at a time.”
  • “I was a Satanist and Arian Nation leader in this prison up until I accepted Jesus as my savior 4 months ago.  This Kairos weekend has moved me to love people and to proclaim Jesus to other inmates.”


Local churches represented by the ToCI Kairos volunteers

1st Missionary Baptist King's Church (Arcadia, OH)
1st Presbyterian (Antwerp, OH) King's Parish (Arcadia, OH)
1st Presbyterian (Bryan) Life Changing Realities Fellowship
1st UMC (Bowling Green) Maumee UMC
1st United Methodist  (Sylvania) McCord Road Christian Church (Sylvania)
Archbold Evangelical Melrose UMC  (Melrose, OH)
Bedford Alliance Metamora UMC
Calvary Assembly of God (Toledo) Monroe Street UMC (Toledo)
Calvary UMC  (Maumee) New Hope Community Church (Bryan)
Cedar Creek Northpoint Church (Toledo)
Central Mennonite (Archbold) Pioneer UMC
Christ the Word  (Sylvania) Riverside Church (Antwerp, OH)
Church of the Nazarene (Bowling Green) Shiloh Christian Union Church (Delta)
Compelled Church Soma City Church (Toledo)
Cornerstone Church (Toledo) St. Andrew Episcopal
Crossroads St. John's Lutheran  (Adrian, MI)
Dillon Rd Baptist (Fostoria) St. Matthew's Episcopal (Toledo)
Epworth UMC (Toledo) St. Michael's Catholic Church  (Hicksville, OH)
First Alliance (Toledo) Trinity United Brethren
First Church of God  (Toledo) Victory Barn (Edgerton, OH)
Grace Community West Clinton Mennonite
Grace United Methodist  (Perrysburg) Westgate Chapel (Toledo)
His Word Global Ministries Church Worship Center (Toledo)
Holy Trinity Lutheran (Toledo) Zion United Methodist
King of Kings Lutheran  (Ann Arbor, MI)









Video clips explaining more about Kairos

Why Kairos? (2:53)

Cookies Save LIves (2:30)

God's Special Time - Kairos of Virginia (11:42)

God's Special Time - Kairos of Virginia (21:01)

Finding God's Love Behind Prison Walls (4:12) (11:04)



How to get involved with Kairos at Toledo Correctional

Location of Toledo Correctional


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