The story so far
Over 29 million people have tried Alpha in 169 countries, and it has been translated into 112 different languages.
Developed as a short course at HTB in London, in 1990 Nicky Gumbel took over running Alpha and found that many people outside of the church wanted to explore the Christian faith. Alpha now runs in every part of the global church, including the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and all mainline Protestant denominations.
What is Alpha?
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone’s welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes, bars—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?
Everyone really! The course is open to all those interested in discovering what Christianity is about. If you have never been to church or may have attended church but feel you have never had a personal understanding of the Christian faith, if you are searching for answers to the pertinent questions of life or if you still question the relevance of God in today’s world, come along to see what Alpha is all about.
Each session begins with a light home-made meal – a chance to get to know others. Then there is a short talk which looks at a different aspect of the Christian faith each week. 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.
There is no charge for attending the Alpha course, although a contribution towards the food offered is appreciated.
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