WHAT IS ALPHA
The Alpha Course is a practical introduction to the Christian faith, a place where guests have an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The course usually meets once per week for 10 weeks and includes a day or weekend getaway in the middle. Each session, people enjoy great food, laughter and learning about the teachings of Jesus in a fun and friendly atmosphere where no question about life or God is seen as too simple or too hostile. There is no charge to attend the Alpha course.
19 Million People
Estimated number of Alpha guest worldwide
of printed Alpha materials
running alpha near you
running Alpha courses
running Alpha in the United States
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Who Is Alpha For?
Alpha is for anyone. People attend Alpha from all backgrounds, religions and viewpoints. They come to investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, what happens after death, the teachings of Jesus and more. 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. Everyone is welcome.
How Did Alpha Start?
The Alpha course began at Holy Trinity Brompton church in central London in the late 1970s as a means of presenting the basic principles of Christianity to new Christians. The Alpha course teaches only the basic biblical teachings on which all Christians agree. Alpha has spread around the world, as more churches and groups found it an effective way to answer people’s questions about the Christian faith.
Who Runs Alpha Courses?
Churches of every major denomination are running Alpha courses. Alpha courses are run in every imaginable setting, including church classrooms, prisons, schools, coffeehouses, executive boardrooms, cafeterias and living rooms. Alpha is uniquely suited to reach people where they feel most comfortable.
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we
are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have
loved me.” - John 17:22-23 (NIV)