The Alpha course is designed primarily for people who aren't churchgoers and each course is open to everyone who would like to attend. As a course, Alpha attracts a diverse range of guests of different ages and backgrounds, holding many different viewpoints. Over 7,000 churches are currently running the Alpha course across the UK in rural and urban settings, including every major UK city.
Why attend the Alpha course?
Guests do Alpha for a wide variety of reasons - some want to investigate whether God exists; others are concerned about what happens after death. Some people have particular questions that they would like to discuss; others want to understand other peoples' beliefs or would like to explore what the purpose of life is. 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.
Alpha Courses Weekly Format
Alpha courses are based around small groups of about 12 people, hosted by one or two leaders whose role is to facilitate and encourage discussion.
The whole Alpha course usually lasts for 10 weeks. Each session includes a meal or refreshments - to give you a chance to get to know others in the small group. There is a short talk or DVD presentation, which looks at a different aspect of the Christian faith each week. This is followed by a time of discussion in the small groups, where everyone is welcome to contribute their opinion, ask questions and discuss with the rest of the group.
The emphasis is upon exploration and discovery in a relaxed and informal environment. To find our more see http://uk.alpha.org
There is no charge for attending the Alpha course, although courses may ask for a contribution towards the food.
The next course begins on Wednesday 10th October 2012 at 7.00pm at the Methodist Church on the High Street. For more information and to register an interest please contact the Church Office.