Alpha is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over ten thought-provoking weekly sessions, with an optional (yet highly-recommended) day retreat in the middle of the course.
Alpha is a worldwide phenomenon. It's found in over 169 countries, in 112 languages and in churches of all denominations. In the last year, there were 84,000 Alpha Courses in 41,000 locations across the globe. More than 29 million people have taken this opportunity to explore the meaning of life. Perhaps it's your turn?
What is Alpha?
Alpha is a series of ten interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith, with the option of a day or weekend away in the middle. Each session includes: a chance to get to know others over refreshments, a short teaching by DVD which explores a different aspect of the Christian faith, and a time of discussion where all opinions and questions are welcome.
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.
People attend from all backgrounds, religions, and viewpoints. They come to investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus and more. Some people want to get beyond religion and find a relationship with God that really changes life. Others come for the close, long-lasting friendships that are built during the Alpha course. Some guests have never been to church; others may have attended church occasionally but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith. Everyone is welcome.
How much will it cost?
It's free. Voluntary contributions help cover the cost of manuals and meals/refreshments.
Is there a way to attend on a trial basis?
Of course! Come to the first week or two just to see if you might like Alpha, then come to the rest of the weeks as you find them helpful. At any point, if you think Alpha isn't for you, that's not a problem. There's no pressure, no follow up and no charge.
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