“come and see” (John 1:39).
“come and see” (John 1:39).
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over ten weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome.
Sessions begin with a meal, followed by a short talk, and time to discuss the topic. During the discussion, everyone is welcome to contribute their opinions and no question is considered hostile or too simple. Questions might include–Is there a God? Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going?
Alpha is for everyone –no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. We don’t assume any background knowledge or belief in Christianity and everyone is welcome.
Alpha runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes, bars — you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but they generally have three key things in common: food, a talk, and good conversation.
Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table or a quick catch-up over coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. We start with food, because it’s a great way to encourage community and get to know each other.
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Generally 30 minutes long, they are given as a live talk or played as a video. Talks explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such asWho is Jesus? and How can we have faith?
Probably the most important part of any Alpha–the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything. And there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly, and open environment.
No. You may remain silent the entire time if you wish.
Sessions last 2 hours. They go by quickly. We start on time and always end on time.
Alpha is free! There will be a free will offering each night, give what you can or don’t give at all, no judgement will follow.
I am coming and will not know anybody else. Is that normal?
Yes. Most people come to Alpha without knowing anybody else in the course. By the end of the course, most people become good friends. Alpha is a great way to meet new people.
Yes. Just register to let us know you’re coming (so we have enough food prepared for you).
If you don’t want to continue after a week or two, no worries. We will not call you or bother you if you don’t come back.
Yes, and it’s free. Just indicate that you need childcare and the ages of your children on the registration form.
Questions can be directed to Ruth Grinstead at 386-490-0682 or by email.
Alpha is a tool for the New Evangelization that is being used by thousands of Catholic parishes in over 70 countries around the world. Alpha creates an environment and opportunity for an encounter with Jesus. As Pope Francis likes to say, it’s a chance for “Jesus to find them.”
Alpha is also used by other denominations, introducing people to the life-changing message of Jesus. More than 27 million people have experienced Alpha. It attracts many people, especially youth, who ask, “Is there more to life than this?”