Alpha for Prisons

A way to introduce inmates to Jesus by creating a safe space for them to have conversations about life, faith, and purpose.
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Alpha for Prisons in Canada has been working to make the Gospel accessible to men, women, and teenagers incarcerated within Canada’s 141 correctional institutions.

Prisons are some of the darkest and loneliest places, and through Alpha, chaplains and church volunteers are able to speak life and bring hope to those on the inside.

Alpha is for inmates who volunteer for the program, taught by trained volunteers, and is a low key and non-threatening approach to a values driven lifestyle.

With a change in this season dealing with COVID-19, we are encouraging all churches to follow guidelines mandated by the public health authorities in their region and understand Alpha in prisons is likely not possible at this time.

What does Alpha in prisons look like?

Connection

At each 2-2.5 hour session, there is a time of connection over refreshments and/or drinks, where possible.

Content

The time of connection is followed by a talk on a subject central to the Christian faith. They explore the big issues of life and faith and unpack the basics of Christian belief, addressing questions like “Who is Jesus?”, “Why and how do I pray?” and “How does God guide us?”

Conversation

After the talk, participants divide into pre-arranged small groups, in which they remain for the duration of the Alpha course. The groups provide participants with opportunity to discuss the talk in an environment where each person is free to ask or say whatever they wish.

Prison can be a place of transformation, and Alpha for Prisons has proved again and again a means by which many prisoners have found transformation – new purpose, direction, and faith. It is truly a remarkable work.

Rev Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington, UK

How do I get started?

With a change in this season dealing with COVID-19, we are encouraging all churches to follow guidelines mandated by the public health authorities in their region and understand Alpha in prisons is likely not possible at this time.

However, we know there are ways that churches can support prison ministries in this season. Get in touch with us at prisons@alphacanada.org to connect with our team.

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