WHAT IS ALPHA?
Alpha is a great opportunity to explore the Christian faith. Weekly talks look at a different questions around faith and are designed to create conversation. Our next Alpha course will running in person at Holy Trinity, starts on Wednesday 18th January 2023 at 7 pm. If you would like to know more or join in please contact our church office.
WHAT IS ALPHA?
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone’s welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes—you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.
WHO IS ALPHA FOR?
Alpha is for anyone who’s curious. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.You may have some background knowledge of or belief in Christianity or you may have none at all – everyone is welcome.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Alpha is ten sessions with the option of an away day in the middle. Each session includes food, a talk or film and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts. Pop along for the first session and see what you think? You don’t have to finish the whole course if, at any point, you think Alpha isn’t for you. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge.
WHEN IS THE NEXT COURSE?
Our next course will run at Holy Trinity from 18 January 2023 on Wednesday evenings, starting at 7:00pm, and will run for 10 weeks. You don’t have to come to the whole course – just join us online for the first session and see what you think.
If you would like to find out more about the Alpha Course, or would like to book a place on our next course, please get in touch. You can ring the church office on Tel: 01296 398110 or send an email
“What happens at an Alpha session?”
First up there’s food….
Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch up over coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. Most sessions start with food because it’s a great way to build community and get to know each other.
Then a talk….
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long and delivered over about eleven weeks, they are given as a live talk or played as a video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions from Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? to Why and how do I pray? and How does God guide us?
Followed by a discussion….
Probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything and there’s nothing you can’t say (seriously). It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.
What distinguishes Alpha from other initiatives is the easy-going, relaxed feel of the proceedings – that, and its astonishing success.
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.
Many claim Alpha has changed their lives and appear genuinely happier for the experience.
Alpha makes Christianity relevant to modern life.
Alpha is an unqualified triumph.