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|Alpha is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting, which includes a meal, over ten thought-provoking weekly sessions, with a day away. To find out more about Alpha, click on the appropriate link to the left of this page or visit their web site at www.uk.alpha.org.
Some quotes from some of those who attended on what the course meant for them:
"Friendship and future."
"Opening the door to the light of the world."
"Just as the book said - exploring the meaning of life."
"Friendship and love."
"A journey of rediscovery."
For further information, please contact Steve Gaunt (01234) 301039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Who is it for?||The Alpha course is designed primarily for people who aren't churchgoers and each course is open to everyone who would like to attend.
Most courses attract a diverse range of guests of different ages and backgrounds, holding many different viewpoints. Over 7,000 courses are currently running across the UK in rural and urban settings, including every major UK city.
Guests attend 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.
|How does it work?||The course is based around small groups of about 12 people, hosted by one or two leaders whose role is to facilitate and encourage discussion.
Courses vary in size, from one small group meeting in a home, to many more meeting in a larger venue. Whatever the course size, people tend to remain in the same small groups for the duration of the course so they can get to know each other, continue discussions and deepen friendships. The whole course usually lasts for 10 weeks, with a day away in the middle.
Each session begins with a bring and share meal - a chance to get to know others in the small group. There is then a short talk, 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.
There is no charge for attending the Alpha course.