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Alpha dates

Mondays @ 12.30, starting with lunch

18th April - 18th July 2016

Alpha 'Awaydays'

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 attend.

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 friendships.

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 group.

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."

Time Magazine

"Alpha is an unqualified triumph."

The Daily Telegraph, London

"Alpha makes Christianity relevant to modern life."

The Express, London


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