Alpha Course

Do you want an opportunity to explore life, faith and meaning? Do you know someone with questions about life? Invite them to 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 is welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes – you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

Food – 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. Most sessions start with food, because it’s a great way to build community and get to know each other.

Talk – The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Usually around 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 from Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? to Why and how do I pray? and How does God guide us?

Discussion – 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.

Because we are all quite busy people we are planning two parallel Alpha Courses starting in September, one on a Sunday afternoon (from 4pm to 5:30pm) and one on a Thursday evening (from 7:30pm to 9pm).  You can juggle your life around these and if you can’t do Sunday that week, do Thursday, or vice-versa!

You can register your interest by emailing vicar@stchristopherschurch.org.uk

 

Planning your Diary

First you need to choose, are you going to attend mainly on Thursday evening or Sunday afternoon?

Our first meeting is on Thursday 27th September, repeated on Sunday 30th September.  We then meet almost every week until Thursday 14th or Sunday 16th December.

One of our meetings is a longer session spread out over the afternoons of Saturday 17th November and Sunday 18th November (from 2pm to 6pm).  This is so we can tackle the important subject of the Holy Spirit in more detail.  We therefore do not meet on Thursday 15th November.