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Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith.
 
 
Typically run over nine weeks, each session looks at a different question about faith and is designed to create conversation. It’s just an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together.
 

What does Alpha look like?

Alpha is run in local communities all around the world, and everyone’s welcome. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

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Food
 
Eat together and get to know 
each other
 
Food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. Each session starts with food, because it’s a great way to build community and get to know each other.
Alpha Talk
 
A short talk on video.
 
 
These talks are designed to engage guests and inspire conversation.Thirty minutes in length, they explore the big issues around faith, and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can I have faith?
Discussion
 
A conversation in small groups on the week’s topic of discussion.
 
Probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share your thoughts and ideas on the topic, and  discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything and there’s nothing you can’t say (seriously). It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in a  friendly and open environment.

Topics Covered on Alpha

 
Jesus: Who is Jesus?
Cross: Why did Jesus Die?
Faith: How Can I be sure of my Faith?
Prayer: Why and How Do I Pray?
Word: Why and How Do I Read the Bible?
Follow: How Does God Guide Us?
Spirit: Who is the Holy Spirit and What Does He Do?
Fill: How Can I Be Filled With the Holy Spirit?
Life: How Can I Resist Evil?
Others: Why and How Should I Tell Others?
 

When is the next course?

Registration for the current session is now closed.  The next session will be announced in our church bulletin.
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Who is Alpha for?

Everyone is welcome to explore the Alpha course. People attend for a wide variety of reasons. Some want to investigate whether God exists and if there is any point to life; others are concerned about what happens after death. Still others may have attended church on and off all their lives but felt they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith. People come from many different backgrounds, holding many different viewpoints – but all come with the same objective: to establish whether Jesus Christ has any real relevance for their lives.

A Typical Evening at Alpha
 

At Parkwood, the Alpha course runs on Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm. Here’s a typical timetable for an evening session of Alpha.

1 hour Dinner

A full course dinner is provided each evening.  Guest eat with their other table guests of 8 people.
 

15 minute Break

30 minute Talk (video)
The main talk of the evening addresses a key issue relating to the Christian faith. 

 
30 minute Small Groups

Many guests say they have found the small group sessions to be the most valuable and rewarding time of the whole Alpha course. These sessions are opportunities to ask questions, express opinions and to discuss the topic of the evening. They also provide an opportunity to make friends and to bounce ideas around in a relaxed and non-threatening environment.

 

Closing

The evening ends at 8:15 PM, although guests are free to stay and chat if they would like.

Cost

The Alpha Course is free, however registration is required.
 

What about my Kids?

Our adult sessions are baby/child free zones. Alpha Kids is available during adult sessions from 6:00 to 8:15 PM for children from infant to grade 5.
 

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