What is Alpha?
The Alpha Course is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over ten thoughtprovoking weekly sessions, with a retreat day away. Each session starts with a meal, which gives participants the opportunity to get to know each other.
Listen, learn, discuss, discover – and ask anything!
The next course begins with a Welcome Supper on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at The Open Door Cafe. For more details, see News & Events.
Who is The Alpha Course For?
The Alpha course is designed primarily for people who aren’t churchgoers and each course is open to everyone who would like to attend.
As a course, Alpha attracts a diverse range of guests of different ages and backgrounds, holding many different viewpoints and no question is out of bounds.
You’ll get the most out of it if you come to the whole course, but you are welcome to come along and see what you think. We record talks in case you can’t come every week
Alpha is free, though there is opportunity to contribute to costs.
Over 7,000 churches are currently running the Alpha course across the UK in rural and urban settings, including every major UK city. People find out about the Alpha course in a number of ways – a recommendation from a friend, a poster, flyer, newspaper article or advert, or through the website or an internet search.
Why attend the Alpha course?
Guests do Alpha for a wide variety of reasons – some want to investigate whether God exists; others are concerned about what happens after death. Some people have particular questions that they would like to discuss; others want to understand other peoples’ beliefs or would like to explore what the purpose of life is. Many guests have never been to church, others may have attended church occasionally but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith.
- Alpha courses are based around small groups of people, hosted by one or two leaders whose role is to facilitate and encourage discussion
- People tend to remain in the same small groups for the duration of the course so they can get to know each other, continue discussions and deepen friendships
Alpha Courses Weekly Format
The whole Alpha course usually lasts for 10 weeks, with a day or weekend away in the middle. Each session begins with a meal or refreshments – a chance to get to know others in the small group. There is then a short talk, which looks at a different aspect of the Christian faith each week.
This is followed by a time of discussion in the small groups, where everyone is welcome to contribute their opinion, ask questions and discuss with the rest of the group. The emphasis is upon exploration and discovery in a relaxed and informal environment. There is no charge for attending the Alpha course, although there is an opportunity to contribute towards costs.
The talks each week cover the following topics, which people are then free to discuss in small groups afterwards:
- Week 1 Who is Jesus?
- Week 2 Why did Jesus Die?
- Week 3 How can we have Faith?
- Week 4 Why and how do I Pray?
- Week 5 Why and how should I read the Bible?
- Week 6 How does God Guide us?
- Week 7 How can I Resist Evil?
- Week 8 Why and how should I tell Others?
- Week 9 Does God Heal Today?
- Week 10 What about the Church?
(many of our courses are preceded by a launch event ‘Is There More to Life Than This?”)
Day or weekend away
- Who is the Holy Spirit?
- What does the Holy Spirit do?
- How can I be Filled with the Holy Spirit?
- How can I Make the Most of the Rest of my Life?
For further details, please contact:
St. Michael’s Church Office on 01926 407020
or David Brown on 01926 497298 email: email@example.com