What is Alpha?
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions where guests have the opportunity to explore life and Christian faith freely in a friendly and informal environment.
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. Every session starts with food because it's a great way to build community and get to know each other.
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long. 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?
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 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.
Searching for more?
No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. We don’t assume any background knowledge of or belief in Christianity and everyone is welcome.
Whether you grew up a Christian or never set foot in Church, whether you are 18 or 88, whether you work, are in school, or somewhere in between… Alpha is for everyone.
Is Alpha for you?
Yes. Come and see.
Alpha Course: No pressure. No Stress.
Q: How does an Alpha Session work?
A: An Alpha session lasts for 2 hours. You come for a meal, watch a short video, and share your thoughts on the talk with your table (who you will meet at the first session).
Most people come nervous! So no worries.
During the discussion portion of the session, you can ask your table mates any questions you want. Your session host will ensure the discussion ends on time.
Q: How long is an Alpha Course?
A: Alpha usually lasts 10 - 11 weeks with a Day Away in the middle.
Q: How much does Alpha cost?
A: Great news! Alpha is free. However, we do share a full meal each week so we will ask for voluntary donations to help offset the cost of food. There will be a "day away" that will have a cost per person. However, we never want money to prevent anyone from attending Alpha so we've got you covered if you need.
Q: I am coming and will not know anybody else. Is that normal?
A: Yes! Most people come to Alpha without knowing anybody else on the course. By the end of the course, most people become good friends. Alpha is a great way to meet new people!
Q: Do I have to talk and share my thoughts?
A: No! You may remain silent if you wish.
Q: Can I just ‘come and see’ for the first week?
A: Yes! Just register to let us know you’re coming (so we have enough food prepared).
Q: What if I go for a week or two and don’t want to continue?
A: At any point, if you think Alpha isn't for you, that's not a problem. There's no pressure, no follow up and no charge....promise!
Q: What if I missed the first week?
A: It doesn't matter if you missed the first week of Alpha - you can catch up online. Anyone is able to register up until session 3 (week 3); after that we would encourage you to check back on this website and sign up for our next Alpha course, and start from session 1 (week 1).
Q: Is there childcare available?
A: Yes, and it’s free! Reserve your spot by email
Q: I have more questions. Who do I contact?
A: Questions can be directed by email to Coordinator of St Ann Alpha, firstname.lastname@example.org.