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what is alpha?

Alpha is a worldwide phenomenon. It’s found in over 169 countries. It’s run in tens of thousands of schools, prisons, homes and churches of all denominations. It’s given more than 19.6 million people the opportunity to explore the meaning of life. Perhaps it’s just what your community - and your church - needs.
Find out more by watching the Intro video on the right >>
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The Alpha course covers the basics of Christianity. It answers questions like: Who is Jesus?, and Why did he die? The Alpha course usually lasts 10 weeks, with a day or weekend getaway in the middle. Each week, guests gather for about two hours. They share an informal meal, sing a few songs, listen to a talk on how Christianity approaches the question at hand, then gather into small groups for discussion. The talks each week act as a springboard for small group discussions.

A great way to get a feel for Alpha is to watch the first talk given by Alpha pioneer, Nicky Gumbel entitled, Is There More to Life >>
   
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What the talks on the Alpha course cover

Alpha guests explore Christianity in a relaxed, welcoming and engaging atmosphere. Each session explores a particular question:
ArrowBlue  Introduction Dinner:    Is there more to life than this?
ArrowBlue  Week 1: Who is Jesus?
ArrowBlue  Week 2: Why did Jesus die?
ArrowBlue  Week 3: How can we have faith?
ArrowBlue  Week 4: Why and how do I pray?
ArrowBlue  Week 5: Why and how should I read the Bible?
ArrowBlue  Week 6: How does God guide us?
ArrowBlue  Week 7: How can I resist evil?
ArrowBlue  Week 8: Why & how should we tell others?
ArrowBlue  Week 9: Does God heal today?
ArrowBlue  Week 10: What about the Church?
ArrowBlue  Weekend Who is the Holy Spirit?
  What does the Holy Spirit do?
  How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?
  How can I make the most of the rest of my life?


>> How Alpha Strengthens Churches