*There is a 10% essential services fee for all donations made to designated funds, with the exception of staff designated funds. The purpose of the fee is to recover the indirect operating costs incurred to carryout quality ministry and a contribution to the overhead of the general operations of Alpha Ministries Canada.
Canada’s Christian youth community is shrinking like never before. Since 1984, the percentage of teens who call themselves Christian has been cut in half. We could not have anticipated the response to the Alpha Youth Film Series that launched in the Fall of 2013. Since then, almost 70,000 teens in Canada experienced the series. Also, in 2016 alone, there were approximately 90 student-led Alphas that took place across Canada. We are excited to see more teens wanting to run Alpha with and for their friends. Your gift will help support Alpha for youth across Canada as we work with churches and leaders to reach thousands more students.
23% of Albertans identify themselves as having “no religion” compared with 16% of Canadians overall. Only one-third of the province’s 3.3 million people attend church regularly. Record numbers of immigrants, many from non-Christian backgrounds, add to the numbers of unreached people in the province. Your gift will allow us to resource Regional Director, John Kivell, to give leadership to the work of the ministry throughout Alberta, to strategically promote the use of Alpha throughout the region, and to provide support to church leaders as they make Jesus known in their communities.
The Atlantic provinces have a combined population of approximately 2.3 million and are some of the poorest parts of the nation with the highest levels of unemployment. It is an area of contrasts: Nova Scotia has an aging population whereas in PEI 38% are under age 25. With its strong religious heritage, the majority of those in the Atlantic regions still describe themselves as Christian although regular attendance at church has fallen dramatically over the last ten years. Your gift will support our Regional Director, Elaine Young, as she continues to build and strengthen relationships with senior church leaders, organizes and resources training for course leaders, and helps to initiate new Alpha courses in both traditional and innovative settings.
In British Columbia 36% of residents describe themselves as having “no religion” compared with 16% of Canadians overall. Less than a quarter of the province’s 4.5 million people attend church regularly. In Vancouver it is estimated that committed Christians make up only 4% of the population. The trend away from church is especially so for the emerging generations, many of whom have yet to hear the Gospel message. Our goal is to grow the number of Alpha courses by 15% as our new BC Regional Director, Stephen Mulder, meets and empowers senior church leaders and course administrators to innovate with Alpha.
With strong Christian roots, Manitoba is a province with over 600 churches, yet 18% of Manitobans report having “no religion” compared to 16% of Canadians overall. Among the emerging generations only 18% of youth attend church regularly. Currently only about 50 churches in the province are offering the Alpha course in their communities, we have an ambitious goal to double the number of Alpha courses by encouraging senior church leaders and leaders of Christian organizations, raising awareness through a global promotional campaign, and by reaching out to specific groups, such as First Nations, Roman Catholics, and youth.
Ontario is Canada’s most populous province: 38% of the Canadian population lives here – 26% within 2 hours of Toronto. More than a quarter of Ontarians follows a non-Christian religion or has no religious affiliation at all. There is an urgent need to reach out to millions of people in Ontario with the saving message of the Gospel. Your gift will allow new Regional Director, Ryan Moffat, to expand the reach of Alpha in this huge province, to reach the young through new venues and resources and to partner with new Alpha churches as well as other Christian ministries who are working with unchurched people.
Quebec has been described as the least evangelized place in the entire western world. There is an urgent need to bring the light and truth of the Gospel to the people of Quebec. An important step in transforming the lives of French-speaking Canadians and sharing Christ is to have Alpha materials translated into Quebecois French. There are 87 Alpha courses running in Quebec this year with our new Alpha Film Series in the process of being translated into French – the mother tongue of 80% of individuals in Quebec, or about 6.78 million people! Working closely with church leaders across the denominations in this province, our goal is to see our Quebec Regional Director, Marie-Astrid Dubant, well supported and Quebec churches equipped with French resources. If you have a heart for the French speaking people of Canada, we would appreciate your gift towards seeing this accomplished.
With its strong religious heritage, many in Saskatchewan still describe themselves as Christians, with only 15.7% stating they have “no religious affiliation.” However, regular attendance at church has fallen dramatically over the last ten years, especially amongst those under 25. Saskatchewan has a population of approximately 1.07 million, 33% of which are under age 25. We would like to see a Regional Director in Saskatchewan in the upcoming year.
Approximately 37,000 adults and youth are in custody in Canada’s prisons and correctional facilities. An additional 13,500 offenders are serving a conditional sentence in the community. Within 3 years, Alpha courses running in Canadian correctional facilities increased by 115%. In Canada, the rate of re-offence drops significantly when released offender have taken Alpha and connected with a local church community. By the end of 2016 we project that we will see over 100 prisons running Alpha in Canada. Your gift will help us achieve this bold vision.
The Marriage course and The Marriage Preparation course were developed at Holy Trinity Brompton, the home of Alpha. In 2011, two new courses were added to strengthen and help families navigate the challenges of raising a family in today’s world: The Parenting Children and The Parenting Teenagers Courses. Our hope is that these programs will be used extensively by churches to help families within their own congregations and, together with the Alpha course, will provide opportunities to share the love of Jesus more broadly with the unchurched community. Our goal is to increase the number of courses running in Canada by double. Your gift will help support The Marriage Courses Director, Elaine Young, as she travels and trains church leaders and raises up Associates to provide local ongoing support to those wishing to offer these programs.