Explore life's big questions with the internationally-recognised Alpha course
What is Alpha?
Alpha is open to anyone interested in discovering what Christianity is about. It’s a course where people can come and relax, eat, share thoughts and explore the meaning of life. Alpha is typically run over 10-11 weeks; each talk looks at a different question about faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is 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 and Why Attend?
Alpha is primarily for adults who aren’t regular churchgoers, but courses are open to anyone who would like to attend. Everyone has questions! We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view...wherever they are in the world. Participants come to Alpha for many different reasons; some want to investigate whether God exists and some have questions they’d like to discuss, many have never been to church before, and others may have attended church but feel they have never had a personal understanding of the Christian faith.
How Does Alpha Work?
Alpha courses are based around small groups of people, led by one or two hosts whose role is to facilitate and encourage discussion. Courses vary in size and might be held over morning coffee or during a lunch hour. Most, however, are evening courses typically lasting two hours. Sessions usually begin with some food or refreshments, then move to a short talk looking at different aspects of the Christian faith. This is followed by a time of discussion, when people can ask questions and contribute their opinions.
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.
Talk: The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long, they can be 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?
Discussion: Probably the most important part of any Alpha is the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and 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.
St Nicolas' runs Alpha courses regularly. To hear about the next one, or ask any questions, get in touch below.