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 cafes, 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.
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. Alpha sessions start with eating a full meal together 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 30 minutes long and delivered over about 11 weeks, they are played as a video, from which we can 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 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.
ARE YOU READY TO JOIN THE ADVENTURE?
Alpha starts on February 3. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or sign up HERE.
Still not convinced? Check out this story of someone who went on the Alpha Course: