Alpha is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over ten thought-provoking weekly sessions. It’s low-key, friendly and fun – and is supported by all the main Christian denominations worldwide!
Who is Alpha for?
Everyone is welcome on an Alpha course and people attend for a wide variety of reasons. Some want to investigate whether God exists and if there is any point to life; others are concerned about what happens after death. Still others may have attended church off and on all their lives but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith. People come from many different backgrounds, holding many different viewpoints.
The Alpha Course is held in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere in small home groups. Each evening includes a meal, a video (with Nicky Gumbel) addressing key issues relating to the Christian faith, and a time of discussion afterward. Each session people enjoy great food, laughter and learning in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Listen, learn, discuss and discover. And ask anything!
ASK ANYTHING. Alpha is a place where no question is regarded as too simple or too hostile.
What Topics are Covered?
Life: Is There More to Life Than This? Jesus: Who Is Jesus? Cross: Why Did Jesus Die? Faith: How Can We Have Faith? Prayer: Why and How Do I Pray? Word: Why and How Do I Read the Bible? Follow: How Does God Guide Us? Spirit: Who Is the Holy Spirit and His Job? Fill: How Can I Be Filled With the Holy Spirit? Evil: How Can I Resist Evil? Healing: Does God Heal Today? Church: What About the Church and Telling Others?
Christianity: Boring, Untrue and Irrelevant? Who Is Jesus? Why Did Jesus Die? How Can I Be Sure of My Faith? Why and How Should I Read the Bible? Is there a God? What is the point of life? Where did I come from? Where am I going? What happens when we die?
Why and How Do I Pray? How Does God Guide Us? Who Is the Holy Spirit? What Does the Holy Spirit Do? How Can I Be Filled With the Spirit? How Can I Resist Evil? Why and How Should We Tell Others? Does God Heal Today? What About the Church? How Can I Make the Most of the Rest of My Life?
Making friends,eating together, and the opportunity to learn through discussion are all a good fit for any culture. Start a conversation about Jesus by hosting the Alpha Classic (45-minute talks). Learn more
There are nearly 5 million people over the age of 65 in Canada. Most have entered retirement and may have begun thinking more about the meaning of life. Alpha for Seniors is an opportunity to open the door on spiritual questions, to make friends and to explore the Christian faith. It’s relaxed, low-key, friendly and fun. Listen, learn, discuss and discover. Learn more
The Alpha course is being used in homeless shelters, soup kitchens and correctional centres. Today 42% of our prisons run the course. In Canada, the rate of re-offence drops significantly when released offenders who have taken Alpha are connected with a local church community. Alpha’s introduction to the Christian faith allows inmates to explore and discover the meaning of life for themselves. Learn More more
Reach a diverse ethnic community with the love of Jesus. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is designed for people newer to English. Alpha creates a safe and trusting environment for people from different cultural backgrounds and communicates the good news about Jesus. Learn more
Studies show there is a growing spiritual hunger in the workplace. Start a conversation about Jesus with your colleagues by hosting the 10-week Alpha Express (20 – 25 minutes) or the 7-week Alpha Campus (with 30 minute talks) in your lunchroom or boardroom. Learn More
Students on campus often gather at coffee shops, residences, pubs, or classrooms, and chat about life. Alpha offers students the opportunity to explore the spiritual world, deepen relationships with friends on campus, and navigate the Christian faith. Come along-side them on their journey of discovery with the highly relevant 7-week Alpha Campus (with 30 minute talks). Learn more
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