The Alpha course
If you wanted to learn how to cook, to dance salsa or to build web pages, how would you go about it?
Well, you might read a magazine, or ask a friend—but maybe joining a group of other people also wanting to learn those things, on a course taught by someone who knows a bit about them, would be good.
And what if you wanted answers to some of life's really big questions—who am I; is there more to life than this; is there a God; what happens when I die? You might discuss them with friends, or buy a book.
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But wouldn’t it be great if you could meet up with other people who are asking exactly the same questions, and over a meal? Especially if there was also someone in the group who could offer ideas and help the discussion along.
That is exactly what the Alpha course is—and over 8 million people around the world have now done it. It’s an opportunity to follow a no-pressure, 10-week programme which addresses some of life’s biggest questions from the point of view of Christianity. The structure usually involves weekly sessions lasting a couple of hours, plus a weekend away.
The great things about the course are the relaxed, informal atmosphere and the freedom to say exactly what you feel—even your doubts. (Although arguably the best thing is that Alpha is usually built around a meal or even just the pudding course—and that it’s all laid on for you! All you have to do is turn up.) Oh, and it’s free, although some courses may ask for a donation towards food and the cost of the weekend away.
Alpha looks at aspects of Jesus’ life and death; the way Christians view the Bible and prayer; who the Holy Spirit is; how ordinary men and women try to live out their lives following Jesus. There’s plenty of time for discussion, you can ask any questions you like, and there’s no such thing as a stupid question—it’s either been asked hundreds of times before, or simply voices what no one else has the courage to ask!
Alpha is supported by all major Christian denominations. It all started in a church in London, but now there are courses running all over the world—not just in churches, but also in offices, in cafés, in prisons, at universities, and on military bases.
Check out www.alpha.org and find a course near you.
"What Alpha offers, and what is attracting thousands of people, is permission, rare in secular culture, to discuss the big questions—life and death and their meaning." The Guardian
"What distinguishes Alpha from other initiatives is the easy-going, relaxed feel of the proceedings—that, and its astonishing success." The Times
"Alpha makes Christianity relevant to modern life.” The Express
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