The Alpha Course

Explore the Meaning of Life

What is Alpha?

Alpha gives everyone the opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The Alpha course usually meets once a week for 11 weeks, including a one-day or weekend getaway. Sessions begin with a meal, followed by a short talk and time to discuss what’s been taught.

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?

Who Is Alpha For?

Alpha is for anyone and people attend from all backgrounds, religions, and viewpoints. They come to investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus and more. Some people want to get beyond religion and find a relationship with God that really changes life. Others come for the close, long-lasting friendships that are built during the Alpha course.

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. Everyone is welcome.

What Happens At Alpha?

Each gathering begins with a meal or refreshments – a chance to get to know others. Then there is a short talk which looks at a different aspect of the Christian faith each week. This is followed by a time of discussion in small groups, where everyone is welcome to contribute their opinion and ask questions. People usually stay 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 emphasis is upon exploration and discovery in a relaxed and informal environment.

The talks each week cover the following topics, which serve as a springboard for the small group discussions:

Introduction Dinner: Is there more to life than this?
Sept 17- Week 1: Who is Jesus?
Sept 24- Week 2: Why did Jesus die?
Oct 1- Week 3: How can we have faith?
Oct 8- Week 4: Why and how do I pray?
Oct 15- Week 5: Why and how should I read the Bible?
Oct 22- Week 6: How does God guide us?
Oct 28 9AM- 4PM

Saturday Weekend Day Retreat:

Who is the Holy Spirit?

What Does the Holy Spirit Do?

How Can I Be Filled with the Holy Spirit?

Oct 29- Week 7: How can I resist evil?
Nov 12- Week 8: Why & how should we tell others?
Nov 19- Week 9: Does God heal today?
Nov 26- Week 10: What about the Church?

When will we offer it next?

Grace Anglican is hosting Alpha starting September 10. All sessions begin at 12:15 p.m. with a meal, followed by a short talk and time to discuss what’s been taught. We will finish between 2:15 and 2:30 PM. Childcare will be provided during all event.

For more information please contact Lori Shafer at leashafer@gmail.com.