Alpha logoWhat do local people say about Alpha?

"I heard about the Alpha Course from my wife and decided to do it because I was curious about life and God.  I enjoyed the DVD presentations and of course the food!  I could not speak more highly of Alpha."   

"The course has helped me build good relationships and I feel that I meet Jesus again without complications.  The Alpha course was all very good with NO pressure.  Thank you for this priceless opportunity."


What is Alpha?

The Alpha course is open to everyone interested in discovering what Christianity is about. It's a place where people can come and relax, eat, share thoughts and explore the meaning of life.

Who is Alpha for?

The Alpha course is designed primarily for people who aren't church goers and is open to anyone who would like to attend.  

Why attend the Alpha Course?

Guests come on the Alpha course for different reasons; some want to investigate whether God exists and some have questions they'd like to discuss. Many guests have never been to church and others may have attended church but feel they have never had a personal understanding of the Christian faith.

How Alpha Works

The course consists of a series of talks, looking at topics including ‘Who is Jesus?’ and ‘Why and how do I pray?’ The programme each time takes approximately 2 hours including a time for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat.

Will there be an exam at the end of the Course?

There’s no exam!  There’s no pressure to even finish the course or attend every week.  But generally most people do complete the ten week course, because they find the atmosphere relaxed, friendly and totally there’s a nice meal each evening!  After the food and a chance to chat there is a short talk, which looks at an aspect of the Christian faith.  This is followed by a discussion time in small groups, where everyone is welcome to contribute their opinion, ask questions or, if they wish, simply sit and listen.

There is no charge for attending the Alpha Course.   


ALPHA SESSIONS - Topics Covered

Below is a summary of the titles covered by the weekly sessions.

Session 1 Is there more to life than this?
Session 2 Who is Jesus?
Session 3 Why did Jesus die?
Session 4 How can we have faith?
Session 5 Why and how do I pray?
Session 6 Why and how should I read the Bible?
Session 7 How does God guide us?
Talk 1 Who is the Holy Spirit?      (in church)
Talk 2 What does the Holy Spirit do?
Talk 3 How can I be filled with the Spirit?
              Prayer ministry
[prayer will be available for everyone on an individual basis]
Session 8 Why and how should we tell others?
Session 9 Does God heal today?
Session 10 What about the church?


Jigsaw - OutreachFind out about the Alpha Course

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