Many people in prison feel a desperate sense of loss and have a deep hunger for finding meaning in life. Jesus Christ is the only one who can satisfy this hunger.
Alpha is designed as a tool to help answer some of the questions people have about the Christian faith and the meaning of life. It is only through lives being changed by the love and forgiveness of Jesus that we can hope to reduce the crime in our world and the desperately high reoffending rates.
Facts & Figures
In 2013 there were over 6,000 imprisoned in Ireland (NI & ROI) and 10 million across the world. This figure has risen by nearly 2 million in the last decade.
Prison overcrowding is a huge problem across the world – Italy is the highest in Europe at 140 per cent occupancy and Haiti the highest in the world at 336 per cent occupancy.
In the Republic of Ireland the prison system is overcrowded with a prison population increase of 400% since 1970. The prison population in Northern Ireland is also increasing.
It is estimated that each case of reoffending that
is prevented could save the public purse €65,404 per prisoner per year in the Republic of Ireland.
Alpha is for anyone, anywhere in the world – in whatever context – who wants to explore faith and the big questions of life. It offers a pressure- free environment in which to explore the Christian faith and to ask these big questions. Alpha is running in nearly every context: from churches to cafés, universities to schools and living rooms to prisons.
It is structured as a series of fifteen talks that give a basic introduction to Christianity and can be adapted to fit in with the timescale available within the prison context.
Alpha is run successfully in the UK & Ireland and worldwide in all types of prisons and correctional institutions for both men and women, and is also used in young offender and juvenile institutions. Prison chaplains and officers often run Alpha along with volunteers from local churches and members of organisations such as Prison Fellowship.
Alpha Appetiser (optional)
Who is Jesus?
Why Did Jesus Die?
How Can We Have Faith?
Why and How Do I Pray?
Why and How Should I Read the Bible?
How Does God Guide us?
The Holy Spirit (3 talks)
How Can I Make the Most of the Rest of My Life?
How Can I Resist Evil?
Why and How Should I Tell Others?
Does God Heal Today?
What About the Church?