Alpha Course


The Alpha course is open to everyone interested in discovering what Christianity is about. It is designed primarily for people who aren't churchgoers and each course is open to anyone who would like to attend. The course attracts a diverse range of people of different ages and backgrounds, holding many different viewpoints. People do the Alpha course 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 people who attend the course have never been to church, others may have attended church occasionally but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith.

The course is based around groups of about 12 people, hosted by one or two group facilitators whose role is to encourage discussion. Most courses are held in the evening, typically lasting 1-2 hours. The whole 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 a short DVD that the group watches together, which looks at a different aspect of the Christian faith each week. This is followed by a time of discussion in the group, where everyone is welcome to contribute their opinions, ask questions and discuss their thoughts with everyone else. The emphasis is upon exploration and discovery in a relaxed and informal environment and there is no charge for attending.