Is there more to life?

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, sometimes in a church, a home, or a restaurant. 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.

 
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Join our next Alpha session! - Beginning Thursday, January 10

Our 11-week series will meet Thursday evenings in the Faith Center, beginning January 10 through March 28th, 2019. Sessions are 2 hours from 6:30-8:30pm. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. Onsite childcare is also available upon request.

What to expect:

A typical Alpha runs in cafes, churches, universities, homes —you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but they generally have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

First up there's Food

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.

Then a Talk

The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Generally thirty minutes long, they can be given as a live talk or played as a video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith?

Followed by Discussion

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.

There will be more about “Alpha” to come, but I hope you will give some thought to checking it out for yourself, and then to extending an invitation to others, that they too may discover the answers to life’s biggest questions!

 

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Participant Testimonials

A Pastor’s Perspective on Alpha

 

FAQ

Do I have to talk and share my thoughts?

No. You may remain silent the entire time if you wish.

How long is an Alpha session?

Sessions last 2 hours. They go by quickly. We start on time and always end on time.

How much does Alpha cost?

There is not cost for Alpha, and dinner is included! However, advanced registration is required.

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.

Can I just “come and see” for the first week?

Yes. Just register to let us know you’re coming (so we have enough food prepared for you).

What if I go for a week or two and don’t want to continue?

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.

Is childcare available?

Yes, please register for free childcare by contacting us at alpha@stmichaelcommunity.org.

I have more questions. Who do I contact?

Questions can be directed to John Ellison at alpha@stmichaelcommunity.org. For more information on the Alpha Course, you can also visit alphausa.org.