ALPHA is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. ALPHA has become a worldwide phenomenon, now in 164 countries, where millions of people have come to explore the meaning of life and discover a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
ALPHA meets once per week. In each session we enjoy a meal, laughter and learning in a fun and friendly atmosphere where no question about life and God is seen as too simple or too hostile…questions like—
Is there a God?
Why am I here?
Where did I come from?
Where am I going?
Who is Alpha for?
Alpha is for anyone. People attend from all backgrounds, religions, and viewpoints. They come to investigate questions around the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus and more. Some people who come are tired of religion and are looking for a relationship with God that really changes life. Others come for the close, long-lasting friendships that are built during the Alpha course. Everyone is welcome.
How does the course work?
The whole course usually lasts for 10 weeks, with a day or weekend away in the middle. Each weekly session begins with coffee and dessert, which provides an informal opportunity to get to others attending the course. 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 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. The talks each week cover the following topics, which people are then free to discuss in the 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?
Every ALPHA course also includes a Day or weekend away to explore the topics: 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?
The Alpha course starts in September and generally runs until sometime in November. Check our church calendar for details.