Alpha Course at Bristo
Alpha is a course that is designed for local churches, offering a chance to have a conversation with those who want to learn more about the Christian faith.
The Alpha course is run across the world, in many different churches with different traditions. It is based on a foundation of hospitality, sharing and open conversation.
Alpha has been held in over 100 languages, in more than 100 countries - and at Bristo.
Why attend the Alpha Course?
There are lots of different reasons that folks attend Alpha courses. Some want to investigate whether God exists; others are concerned about what happens after death. Some people have particular questions that they would like to discuss; others want to understand other peoples' beliefs or would like to explore what the purpose of life is.
Many attendees have never been to church - others may have gone to church occasionally, but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith and want to learn more.
To find out when the next Alpha course will be held at Bristo, please get in contact.
What should I expect?
Every Alpha meeting involves the three main ideas of hospitality, sharing and conversation.
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. Most sessions start with food because it's a great way to build community and get to know each other.
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. They are usually around thirty minutes long and delivered over about eleven weeks - they can be given as a live talk or played as a video. The talks explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions from "Who is Jesus?" and "How can we have faith?" to "Why and how do I pray?" and "How does God guide us?"
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 (seriously). It's an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.