Alpha

 

If you could ask God one question,
what would you ask?

Alpha-people

 RVSP for Alpha

Alpha is a 10 week, practical introduction to the Christian faith. It is designed for those who want to explore Christianity in an open-minded setting, find answers to the big questions of life or simply reengage with their faith on a deeper level. Alpha is about building friendships with people, having interesting conversations around a great meal, finding a place where you can ask perplexing questions, and sharing experiences and opinions that lead to greater understanding. Alpha is open to all people of all ages and backgrounds. The format is dinner, a short message, and discussion. There is no charge for the Alpha course-donations for meals and materials are accepted. 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? (Watch Video)

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.

What Happens At Alpha?

Each gathering begins with a meal – 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.

Alpha Topics

The talks each week cover the following topics, which serve as a springboard for the small group discussions: Is there more to life than this?  Who is Jesus?  Why did Jesus die?  How can we have faith?  Why and how do I pray?  Why and how should I read the Bible?  How does God guide us?  How can I resist evil?  Why & how should we tell others?  Does God heal today?  What about the Church?  Who is the Holy Spirit?  What does the Holy Spirit do?  How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?  How can I make the most of the rest of my life?