Is there a charge for attending the course?
No, the course is free, but participants are asked to offer a donation to cover the cost of the meals. A fee will be charged to cover the cost of accommodation and meals during the weekend retreat held midway through the course.
Is the course conducted in English or in Maltese?
The talks are delivered both in English and in Maltese. Participants are also given the choice to join either an English-speaking or Maltese-speaking discussion group.
If I attend an introductory session, do I necessarily have to attend the course?
No, the aim of the introductory session is to give you a taste of what the course is all about. You can then decide whether to attend or not.
Do I necessarily need to register before the course begins?
No, feel free to simply turn up at the introductory session. You can then sign up once you’re there. You can also sign up on the first session of the course.
Are discussion groups divided according to age?
Yes, a conscious effort is made to ensure that participants are placed in groups with people in a similar age-bracket.
Is the course only open just to Catholics?
No, the course is open to anyone who wants to know more about Christianity. However, it is important to note that the course is run in a Catholic context, with due importance given to teachings of the Catholic Church.
If I am a regular churchgoer and consider my relationship with Jesus to be a priority in my life, is this course suitable for me?
Alpha is a basic course, generally aimed at non-churchgoers, lapsed Christians and persons seeking to discover more about their faith. Committed Christians are free to attend to brush up the basics, but after evaluating the particular case, we sometimes recommend more suited pastoral courses.
Is attendance at the meal mandatory?
No, it is not mandatory but it is highly recommended as participants normally use this time to unwind and relax while getting to know each other.
Do you cater for special dietary requirements?
Yes, once we are informed from beforehand.