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What is Alpha?

Alpha is a ten-week opportunity to explore the validity and relevance of the Christian faith for our lives today. It is a practical introduction to the basics of Christianity with loads of opportunity for debate and discussion. The style of Alpha is informal, friendly and non-pressured.

Alpha is enjoyed and appreciated as much by those who have never set foot in a church as it is by those who once attended and by the regular churchgoer. No matter what your background, whether investigating Christianity for the first time or revisiting your faith, you will get a lot out of an Alpha Course.

Each week we meet together for a meal, a talk on topics such as "Who is Jesus?", "Why Did Jesus Die?", "How Can I be Sure of My Faith?", and "Does God Still Heal Today?" , followed by small group interaction. There is a daylong retreat midway through the course, which focuses on the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

There are over 3000 Alpha courses running in the US and about 500,000 Americans have already participated.

Who needs Alpha?

  • Those wanting to investigate Christianity.
  • New Christians.
  • Those who feel that they have never really got going as a Christian.
  • Newcomers to the church.
  • Those who want to brush-up on the basics.

What is Christianity all about? What happens when we die? How do we deal with guilt? What relevance does Jesus have for our lives?

If you would like to explore questions like these in a comfortable setting, Alpha might be for you.
The Alpha course is a 15 session practical exploration of the Christian faith, which has seen extraordinary success at stimulating faith among those who are not churchgoers, and also given a new enthusiasm to many existing Christians.  It is primarily designed for non-churchgoers and new Christians.

The fall session of Alpha is still in the planning stages.  For more information e-mail us.

For more information on Alpha visit their web site at