Alpha is a ten week practical introduction to the Christian faith. It offers answers to some key questions and also allows an opportunity to strengthen your faith through small group discussions. It is ideal for those new to the Christian faith, or to those who are interested in exploring Christianity in a non-threatening environment. Contact Larry Kelley.
A typical Alpha
Alpha runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes, bars—you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but they generally have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation. We usually run Alpha at St. Peter & St. Paul.
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. We start with food, because it’s a great way to encourage community and get to know each other.
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Generally 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 such as Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith?
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 any courteous comment is welcome, including doubts and disbelief. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.
At this time, we don’t have Alpha on the schedule, though we are beginning to plan for one in 2020. Alpha runs in many churches. Check www.alphausa.org for an Alpha near you