Alpha is a multi-week course that creates a space where people come and discuss life’s big questions. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha runs online, in cafés, churches, universities, homes - you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: hospitality, a talk and good conversation.
What does an Alpha session consist of?
First, there’s 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.
Then there's a talk
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long, they may be 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?
Finally, a discussion
This is 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.