What is Alpha?
Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment.
Alpha at St. Michael is not so much a course, but an experience! Gathering once a week over an eleven week period, each Alpha brings together people from every walk of life.
Who is Alpha for?
Alpha is for everyone and anyone. The beauty of Alpha is that there are no questions that are too hostile, too silly or too simple. Alpha has no prerequisites whatsoever. We come together with one another as we are, free to be ourselves. Over 29 million people across the globe have done Alpha!
What to expect:
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!
Alpha for Catholics
A Pastor’s Perspective on Alpha
Do I have to talk and share my thoughts?
No. You may listen and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have more questions. Who do I contact?