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What is Alpha?

Exploring is good. We’re built for it. But for all our searching – it’s rare to find time to think, and talk, about the big questions of life; about faith and reason and God and meaning.

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. It runs all around the globe, and everyone's welcome. Alphas generally have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

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We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view; wherever they are in the world.

Alpha offers the opportunity to do just that – in an informal, friendly and open environment. No one can force anyone to believe anything, we've found over the years that if we're hospitable and just let guests be themselves, lives will be transformed.

Millions of people have tried Alpha, all around the world, and it's been translated into 112 different languages.

Developed as a short course at HTB London, in 1990 Nicky Gumbel took over running Alpha and found that many people outside of the church wanted to explore the Christian faith. Alpha now runs in every part of the global church, including the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and all mainline Protestant denominations.

Whilst there is a lot of flexibility on how the course is run the structure is outlined below with a fantastic video series that accompanies each week.

The session topics are:

  • Session 1: Is there more to life than this?
  • Session 2: Who is Jesus?
  • Session 3: Why did Jesus die?
  • Session 4: How can we have faith?
  • Session 5: Why and how do I pray?
  • Session 6: Why and how should I read the bible?
  • Session 7: How does God guide us?
  • Weekend Away: Who is the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit do? How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit? How can I make the most of the rest of my life?
  • Session 8: How can I resist evil?
  • Session 9: Why and how should I tell others?
  • Session 10: Does God heal today?
  • Session 11: What about the church? 

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My Greatest Adventure: Bear Grylls' Story

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Alpha - 'Exploring is Good' promotional video

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Alpha Session 1 - Is there more to life than this?

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