Around 130 teenagers gathered in Mulligar to launch Alpha’s new film series for young people. This engaging and non-threatening programme offers a contemporary exploration of the Christian faith for youth groups, schools and parishes across Ireland.
Until recently Alpha-Youth leaders were required to give the talks themselves, rather than using a DVD. The new film series helps take that weight off. Filmed in Canada and on location, the series contains 12 episodes especially tailored for students with each episode focusing on a different topic about life’s big questions and the Christian faith.
The video shows young people from around the world giving their views about faith and God and includes breaks for discussion. This encourages open and honest dialogue. Irish street interviews provide context for the Irish audience.
Alpha-Youth has been growing since 2011 when 17 courses ran at 13 locations with 352 young people participating. From January to May this year, 32 courses using the new film series were run in twelve different counties with a total of 711 young people participating.
The future for Alpha is very exciting with more schools ready to implement the film series in the new academic year. The recipe for Alpha-Youth can be replicated to give continuity to any youth group. This has been the case for new youth groups in Tullamore and Collinstown/Fore Parishes alike.
The official launch for the film series took place at St. Paul’s Church in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Over 200 attended including 130 students. This was an exciting event allowing the young people to meet the Canadians who created the films - Ben Woodman and Jason Ballard. Having journeyed with the guys for ten weeks on the big screen in their schools, they now got to engage with them face to face. There was also time for questions and the all important selfies!
Ben and Jason proved a great hit with the young and not-so-young. Their energy, good humour and love for Jesus was infectious. It was a great opportunity for many to see how and why the film series was created and how well it can work for schools and churches across Ireland.
Local priest Fr John Nalty commented, “It was moving to hear some of the students giving their testimony of what the Alpha film series has meant for them. It has opened up for them the possibility of what faith actually is. It is a huge resource.”
Find out more or order your copy of the new Alpha-Youth film from www.alphayouth.ie.