The Alpha Course is a ten session course that deals with the basic concepts of Christianity.

It is held on the same evening every week (or sometimes on ten mornings or ten afternoons). It is always on the same day of the week and it is hoped that course members will make every effort to come to all ten sessions. In addition, roughly half way through the course there is a whole Saturday awayday.

Each session starts with some light refreshments, or sometimes a simple meal, depending on the time of day the session begins, so course members get to know each other over a social occasion to start with. This is followed by a half hour talk on different aspects of the Christian faith, such as, Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus die? Why and how should I read the Bible? Who is the Holy Spirit? Does God heal today? and so on.

After each talk, there is a group discussion where course members can express their own opinions freely, because everything said is held in confidence. Helping lead these discussions are one or two experienced Christians.

Courses are run when there are a sufficient number of interested potential members and are usually held in the Autumn or Spring terms.

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How Alpha began

The Alpha Course has been running for over 26 years. It began at Holy Trinity Brompton in central London, in the late 1970s, initially as a means of presenting the basic principles of the Christian faith to new Christians in a relaxed and informal setting.

By 1990, when former barrister Nicky Gumbel took over the course, Alpha was a central feature of the church’s life. It was while leading his second Alpha course that Nicky realised how this simple course could also appeal to non-churchgoers and he adapted the course to give it the kind of feel that would suit this group.

The Alpha course spread during the 1990s, initially in the UK and then internationally, as more churches and groups found it a helpful way to answer questions about the Christian faith in an informal setting. There are now over 33,500 courses worldwide in 163 countries and it is supported by all the major denominations.

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