Stories of Exploration
Millions of people all around the world have explored life, faith, and meaning on Alpha.
Here are just a few of them.
We all explore. Every day. In small ways, and big.
On 16 August 2017, we will be sharing six different stories of people from across the world who have explored the big questions of life; about faith and reason and God and meaning.
Of the six, there is Maggy from Malaysia – who was invited to try Alpha by a friend on Facebook, and found it a safe environment where she could ask questions and share her point of view; Xola from South Africa – who experienced community on Alpha; Emma from Mexico – who learnt about peace and thankfulness following a family tragedy; Richard from the USA – who, at Alpha, could truly just be himself.
What is Alpha?
Alpha is an opportunity for anyone, anywhere, to freely explore their unique questions about life, faith and God. It is a series of interactive sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Alpha is run all around the globe, in cafés, churches, schools, universities, homes, prisons – you name it. The sessions usually have three key elements: food, talk and discussion. Find an Alpha near you >
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.
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation on big issues around faith. Usually around thirty minutes long, they can be given as a live talk or played as a film. 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?
Watch a talk >
Probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic in an honest, friendly and open environment, and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything and there’s nothing you can’t say (seriously).