The Alpha Course
Alpha is a worldwide phenomenon. It's found in over 160 countries. It's run in tens of
thousands of churches of all denominations. More than 13 million people have taken this
opportunity to explore the meaning of life. Perhaps its your turn.
Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The
Alpha course usually meets once per week for 10 weeks, and includes an amazing one-
day or weekend getaway. Each session, people enjoy great food, laughter and learning
in a fun and friendly atmosphere where no question about life or God is seen as too
simple or too hostile questions like Is there a God? Why am I here? Where did I come
from? Where am I going?
Alpha is for anyone anyone who thinks there may be more to life than meets the eye.
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.
Many 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
The Alpha course usually lasts 10 weeks, with a day or weekend getaway in the middle.
Courses vary in size, from one small group meeting in a home, to hundreds of people in
a church. Some courses are held over morning coffee or during a lunch hour. Most are
evening courses, typically lasting 2 hours.
Each gathering begins with a meal or refreshments - a chance to get to know others.
Then there is a short talk which looks at a different aspect of the Christian faith each
This is followed by a time of discussion in small groups, where everyone is welcome to
contribute their opinion and ask questions. People usually stay in the same small groups
for the duration of the course so they can get to know each other, continue discussions
and deepen friendships. The emphasis is upon exploration and discovery in a relaxed
and informal environment.
The talks each week cover the following topics, acting as a springboard for the small
Introduction Dinner: Is there more to life than this?
Week 1: Who is Jesus?
Week 2: Why did Jesus die?
Week 3: How can we have faith?
Week 4: Why and how do I pray?
Week 5: Why and how should I read the Bible?
Week 6: How does God guide us?
Week 7: How can I resist evil?
Week 8: Why & how should we tell others?
Week 9: Does God heal today?
Week 10: What about the Church?