Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone’s welcome. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.
First up 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.
‘A delicious meal in the company of the same people each week developed a bond of friendship and trust. Rather than a daunting experience, Alpha was, for me, totally liberating.’ Liz – guest at St Peter’s Alpha
Then a Talk
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. 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?
‘We all learnt both from the Alpha talk given by Fr. Mark and the subsequent group discussions which were frank and rewarding; both mind and heart fully engaged. And the food was good!’ Mike – guest at St Peter’s Alpha
Followed by good Conversation
The good conversations are probably the most important part of any Alpha – it’s all about 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.
‘I now feel a part of something meaningful, and with a stronger network of Christian friends who ‘get’ me, it feels good. If you’re reading this and wondering about whether Alpha could be for you, then I’d urge you to be brave, sign up and let it bring you something good too.’ Sophie – guest at St Peter’s Alpha