Ever wondered what it's all about?
Over 2 million people in the UK and 14 million worldwide have attended an Alpha course, an opportunity to explore the meaning of life, running in tens of thousands of churches of all denominations across the world.
'If you want a no-holds-barred, open and honest discussion, you can bring all the questions and things that annoy you about anything to do with Christianity or religion to Alpha. You ask it, listen to what has got to be said and then make a decision. If you never ask the questions you'll never get any answers, and if you never give it a go you'll never know whether it was right or wrong, good or bad.' Scott, Dorset
How Alpha began:
The Alpha course began at Holy Trinity Brompton in central London, initially as a means of presenting the basic principles of of the Christian faith in a relaxed and informal setting. When former barrister Nicky Gumble took over the course, Alpha was a central feature of the church's life. It was while leading his second Alpha course that Nicky realised how this simple course could also appeal to non-churchgoers, and he adapted the course to give it the kind of feel that would suit this group.
The Alpha course spread during the 1990's, initially in the UK and then internationally, as more churches and groups found it helpful was to answer questions about the Christian faith. There are now almost 44,500 courses worldwide in 163 countries and it is supported by all the major denominations.
'I believe the Alpha course touches lives. I have seen so many people find a personal relationship with God and a quiet strength in their life after doing the course - me included - and it takes a proud man to say he never needs any help. Alpha is a non-pressured and fun course, and it shows us how Christianity can be relevant and empowering to our lives.'
Bear Grylls, TV Adventurer
'Many claim Alpha has changed their lives
and appear genuinely happier for the experience.'
We finished the Alpha course September 2019 and plan to run it again in the new year
Please email if you are interested. For more information about Alpha go to http://uk.alpha.org/ to find out more.
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