Mondays @ 12.30, starting with lunch
18th April - 18th July 2016
Monday 27th June, 9.15-3.15 @ BBC
Monday 18th July, 9.15-3.15 @ BBC
What is Alpha?
The Alpha course is designed primarily for people who aren't
churchgoers and each course is open to everyone who would like to
Most courses attract a diverse range of guests of different ages and
backgrounds, holding many different viewpoints. Thousands of Alpha courses run each year across the UK in rural and urban settings, including
every major UK city.
Guests attend for a wide variety of reasons - some want to
investigate whether God exists; others are concerned about what happens
after death. Some people have particular questions that they would like
to discuss; others want to understand other peoples' beliefs or would
like to explore what the purpose of life is. Many guests have never
been to church, others may have attended church occasionally but feel
they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith.
How the course works
The course is based around small groups of 6-12 people, hosted by
one or two leaders whose role is to facilitate and encourage
discussion, each evening lasting around 2 hours. Whatever the course size, people tend to
remain in the same small groups for the duration of the course so they
can get to know each other, continue discussions and deepen
The course usually lasts for 10 weeks, with a day or weekend away in the middle.
Each session begins with a meal or refreshments - a chance to get to
know others in the small group. There is then a short talk, which looks
at a different aspect of the Christian faith each week.This is followed
by a time of discussion in the small groups, where everyone is welcome
to contribute their opinion, ask questions and discuss with the rest of
The emphasis is upon exploration and discovery in a relaxed and informal environment.
There is no charge for attending the Alpha course, although courses may ask for a contribution towards the food.
More details can be found on the Alpha website alpha.org
"What Alpha offers, and what is
attracting thousands of people, is permission, rare in secular culture,
to discuss the big questions - life and death and their meaning."
The Guardian, London
"What distinguishes Alpha from other
initiatives is the easy-going, relaxed feel of the proceedings - that,
and its astonishing success."
The Times, London
"Many claim Alpha has changed their lives and appear genuinely happier for the experience."
"Alpha is an unqualified triumph."
The Daily Telegraph, London
"Alpha makes Christianity relevant to modern life."
The Express, London