Everyone is welcome at Alpha and people attend for a wide variety of reasons. Some are investigating whether God exists or if there is any point to life, some are concerned about what happens after death. Others may have attended church on and off all their lives but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith.
People come from many different backgrounds, holding many different viewpoints – but all come with the same objective: to establish whether Jesus Christ has any real relevance for their lives.
At an Alpha course people explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting during ten thought-provoking weekly sessions, along with a half-day retreat on a Saturday.
What Happens at Alpha?
Each week, the Alpha Course begins with dinner. You will dine with a group of people who you will get to know over the next 10 weeks. After dinner, the speaker for the evening comes up front or the group views a pre-recorded talk. Each night a different topic is introduced. Afterwards, you’ll break into smaller groups to discuss the evening’s topic.
Some Questions About Life Discussed at Alpha
- What is the point of life?
- What happens when we die?
- What relevance does Jesus have for our lives today?
- How do we deal with guilt?
- Does God heal today?
What Others Are Saying
“What Alpha offers, and what is attracting thousands of people, is permission, rare in secular culture, to discuss the big questions – life and death and their meaning.”Madeleine Bunting, The Guardian
“What distinguishes Alpha from other initiatives is the easy-going, relaxed feel of the proceedings – that, and its astonishing success.”Damian Thompson, The Times
“Alpha makes Christianity relevant to modern life.”Julia Llewellyn Smith, The Express (UK)
“A novel approach to Christian education that has been catching on nationwide.”The New York Times
“…many claim Alpha has changed their lives and appear genuinely happier for the experience.”Time Magazine