Alpha is a ten-week opportunity to explore the validity and relevance of the Christian faith for our lives today. It is a practical introduction to the basics of Christianity with loads of opportunity for debate and discussion. The style of Alpha is informal, friendly and non-pressured.
Alpha is enjoyed and appreciated as much by those who have never set foot in a church as it is by those who once attended and by the regular churchgoer. No matter what their background, whether investigating Christianity for the first time or revisiting their faith, participants get a lot out of an Alpha Course.
Each week people meet together for a meal, a talk on topics such as "Who is Jesus?", "Why Did Jesus Die?", "How Can I be Sure of My Faith?", and "Does God Still Heal Today?" , followed by small group interaction. There is a day or weekend retreat midway through the course, which focuses on the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
There are over 5000 Alpha courses running in the
USand about 1,000,000 people in Americaand have already participated. Churches of every different type and background, including Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Pentecostal, Salvation Army, Free Church and Canada are running Alpha. Because Alpha covers the basics of Christianity all churches provide the same material, making alterations only to suit the local culture. House Churches
The evening Alpha course begins with supper, followed by a talk. We then divide into smaller groups for coffee and cookies to discuss any questions raised from the talk.
There is also a weekend retreat. This has been a key part of the Alpha course and a great success in helping people get to know each other.
There is no charge for the Alpha course, although a small contribution might be requested for the meal each evening and for the food.
The evening Alpha course meets at Fox Valley Christian Fellowship in the Community Room, and meets every Thursday for 11 weeks.