The Alpha Course
An Opportunity to Explore the Meaning of Life!
Over 16 million people worldwide have now attended the Alpha Course.
“…many claim Alpha has changed their lives and appear genuinely happier for the experience.”
“A novel approach to Christian education that has been catching on nationwide.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
“The world’s most popular course in Christianity.”
THE INDEPENDENT (UK)
Are All People Welcome?
Yes! People attend from many different backgrounds, religions and viewpoints. They attend for a variety of reasons. Some want to investigate whether God exists and if there is any ultimate meaning to life; others are concerned about what happens after death. Still others may have attended church all their life, but feel they never really understood the basics of the Christian faith. Alpha is the course for everyone who thinks there may be more to life than meets the eye.
What Happens at Alpha?
At an Alpha course people explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over eight thought-provoking weekly sessions. It is low-key, friendly and fun! The Alpha course consists of a delicious meal, a DVD presentation addressing a key issue related to the Christian faith, and a small group discussion where you can ask questions, make comments, or just listen quietly.
A typical evening at Alpha looks like this:
Delicious “Home Cooked” Meal- 45 Minutes
DVD Presentation – 45 Minutes
Coffee, Dessert & Small Group Discussion – 45 Minutes
Sample of the DVD Presentation Schedule
Week 1: Christianity: Boring, Irrelevant, Untrue?
Week 2: Who is Jesus?
Week 3: Why did Jesus die?
Week 4: How can we have faith?
Week 5: Why and how do I pray?
Week 6: Why and how should I read the Bible?
Week 7: How does God guide us?
Week 8: What about the Church?
Please note: There is no obligation to attend all eight sessions.
Is There Any Cost?
No! There is absolutely no cost for dinner, baby-sitting, or anything else. You will not be asked to make a donation at any time during Alpha. It is absolutely free of charge.
Is Baby-Sitting Provided?
Yes! Baby-Sitting is provided free of charge in our nursery.
Our next Alpha Course begins on Monday March 11, 2013 at 6pm. We finish around 8:30pm.
We will meet every Monday evening through April 29th.
To register for the next Alpha course please click here. Registering helps us plan for meals & childcare.
What Alpha Course Attendees Are Saying…
Mark: “When I first heard about the Alpha course I was at a stage when I was searching for something ‘out there’. I really needed to ask questions and not feel like I was getting a hard-sell pitched at me. Now I perceive things differently and just feel so at peace. I have also met a wonderful bunch of new friends on the course.”
Graham: “The first evening surprised me completely. The people were from all walks of life, from different races, classes and abilities. During the first evening, there were no prayers or heavy preaching. We were just given the opportunity to listen to the talk and then discuss anything we wanted. I chose to ask some challenging and confrontational questions, but they were welcomed, and I was made to feel valued and appreciated. I enjoyed the evening so much that I couldn’t wait to go back the following week…”
Maria: “Before I had always thought you had to do good to be a Christian, and I knew I was not good enough…But the people in Alpha…helped smash that idea…no one is better than the next.”
Marta: “9/11 hit and my life changed. While I was fortunate not to lose anyone I loved, my company went out of business, and my fiancé and I broke off our engagement as a result of the tension…I had “issues” with organized religion. Christianity is not the religion I grew up in, and I had hostility to religion to begin with, so I had a lot of questions, but I learned a lot.”
Anthony: “I didn’t expect the warm welcome I received, the interesting discussions or the lack of pressure to speak in the small groups that followed. I found that I could express any doubts about Christianity, and that my opinions would be respected. If I had an issue with something, I had a forum to voice it with no need to apologize.”
John: “Over the years, church became more of a social club… I’m still figuring it out. I was nervous the first week but was placed at a table with other young people, many of whom were going through the same stuff I was. But now God is a daily part of my life. The friends from Alpha have become some of the closest friends I’ve ever had.”
Our Next Alpha Course Begins on Monday March 11, 2013.
To register for the next Alpha course please click here.