is the Alpha course?
Alpha is a non-pressurised, fun and informative course. It is a
place to share your thoughts and explore the meaning of life.
The course is designed primarily for people who don't go to
church or who haven't been to church in a long time and are
interested in the Christian faith.
The Alpha Course began in the late 1970's as a means of helping
new Christians learn more about the Christian faith.
In 1990, former barrister Nicky Gumble realised the potential of
the Alpha Course to appeal to a wider audience, and adapted the
course to make it inclusive for anyone interested in the
growth of Alpha in the UK and worldwide
The Alpha Course spread during the 1990's, initially in the UK
and then internationally, as more and more churches and groups
found it helpful and informal way to discuss questions about the
now over 55,000 courses worldwide in 169 countries. Alpha is
supported by all major denominations.
Does someone need to be a Christian to do the course?
No, you don't need to be a Christian. The course is designed for
anyone who is interested in asking questions or learning more
about the Christian faith. Many people who attend have never
been to church before.
Is there a fee?
There is no charge for attending the Alpha course.
How long is the course?
The Alpha course usually takes place over 10 weeks, with a day
away in the middle
What is the format of the course?
Each session begins with a meal, and a chance to get to know
others in the small group. This is followed by a short talk and
a time of discussion, when everyone is welcome to ask questions
and share their opinion with the rest of their small group.
The above information was taken from
the Alpha's website.
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