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“What Alpha offers, and what is attracting thousands of people, is permission, rare in secular culture, to discuss the big questions — life and death and their meaning”

— The Guardian

What is Alpha?

The Alpha course is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith. It’s relaxed, low key, friendly and fun.

Our Alpha course is a series of nine evenings. At the beginning of each evening a free meal is served, giving you a chance to get to know others, relax and enjoy yourself.

Then there’s a talk, addressing key issues like ‘Who is Jesus?’ ‘What happens when we die?’ and ‘What about suffering?’

And then there’s an opportunity to discuss what you’ve heard, share your views, and ask anything you like. Alpha is a place where no question is too simple or too hostile.

If you want to join the thousands of other people who have been on Alpha, then just fill out the form below.

Who is Alpha for?

Alpha is for everyone, especially:

  • Those wanting to investigate Christianity
  • New Christians
  • Newcomers to the church
  • Those who want to brush up on the basics

What will it cost?

There is no charge for the Alpha course.

Languages:
  • Spanish

    "¿Qué Alpha ofrece, y lo que está atrayendo a miles de personas, es el permiso, raro en la cultura secular, para debatir las grandes cuestiones - la vida y la muerte y su significado"
          - The Guardian

    ¿Qué es Alpha?

    El curso Alpha es una oportunidad para que cualquiera pueda explorar la fe cristiana. Es clave relajado, bajo, amable y divertido.

    Nuestro curso Alpha es una serie de nueve noches. Al principio de cada noche una comida gratis se sirve, que le da la oportunidad de conocer a otras personas, relajarse y disfrutar.

    Entonces hay una charla, abordar cuestiones clave como: ¿Quién es Jesús? '' ¿Qué sucede cuando morimos? "Y" ¿Qué pasa con el sufrimiento? "

    Y luego está la oportunidad de hablar de lo que he oído, comparta sus puntos de vista y hacer lo que quieras. Alpha es un lugar donde ninguna pregunta es demasiado simple o demasiado hostil.

    Si quiere unirse a los miles de personas que han estado en Alpha, entonces sólo tiene que rellenar el sencillo formulario a continuación.


    ¿Quién es Alpha?

    Alpha es para todos, especialmente:

    • Aquellos que quieran investigar el cristianismo
    • Los cristianos Nueva
    • Los recién llegados a la iglesia
    • Los que quieran repasar los conceptos básicos

    ¿Cuánto costará?

    No hay ningún cargo para el curso Alpha.

  • French

    «Ce Alpha offre, et ce qui est d'attirer des milliers de personnes, est la permission, rare dans la culture laïque, afin de discuter des grandes questions - la vie et la mort et leur signification»
          - The Guardian

    Qu'est-ce qu'Alpha?

    Le cours Alpha est une occasion pour chacun de découvrir la foi chrétienne. Il est détendu, discret, amical et amusant.

    Notre cours Alpha est une série de neuf soirées. Au début de chaque soir, un repas est servi gratuitement, vous donnant une chance d'apprendre à connaître les autres, se détendre et s'amuser.

    Ensuite, il ya un discours, abordant des questions clés telles que «Qui est Jésus?" Qu'est-ce qui se passe quand on meurt? »Et« Qu'en est-il la souffrance?

    Et puis il ya la possibilité de discuter de ce que vous avez entendu parler, partager vos points de vue, et demandez ce que vous voulez. Alpha est un lieu où aucune question n'est trop simple ou trop hostile.

    Si vous voulez rejoindre les milliers d'autres personnes qui ont été sur Alpha, puis il suffit de remplir le formulaire ci-dessous.


    Qui est Alpha?

    Alpha est pour tout le monde, en particulier:

    • Ceux qui veulent étudier le christianisme
    • Nouveau chrétiens
    • Les nouveaux arrivants à l'église
    • Ceux qui veulent parfaire les bases

    Quel sera le coût?

    Il n'ya pas de frais pour le cours Alpha.

  • Polish

    "Co Alpha oferuje, a tym, co przyciąga tysiące ludzi, jest pozwolenie, rzadkie w kulturze świeckiej, aby przedyskutować wielkie pytania - na śmierć i życie i ich znaczenie"
          - The Guardian

    Co to jest Alpha?

    Kurs Alfa jest szansą dla każdego, do odkrywania wiary chrześcijańskiej. Jest spokojny, niski klucz, przyjazny i zabawy.

    Nasz kurs Alfa to cykl dziewięciu wieczorów. Na początku każdego wieczoru darmowy posiłek serwowany jest, co daje szansę na poznanie innych, odpocząć i cieszyć się.

    Potem jest rozmowa, rozwiązanie kluczowych zagadnień jak: "Kim jest Jezus?", "Co się dzieje po śmierci?" I "Co z cierpienia?"

    A potem jest okazją do omówienia tego, co słyszałem, podzielić się poglądów i zapyta co chcesz. Alfa to miejsce, w którym bez wątpienia jest zbyt proste lub zbyt wrogie.

    Jeśli chcesz dołączyć do tysięcy innych ludzi, którzy byli na Alpha, następnie wystarczy wypełnić prosty formularz poniżej.

    Si vous voulez rejoindre les milliers d'autres personnes qui ont été sur Alpha, puis il suffit de remplir le formulaire ci-dessous.


    Kto jest na Alpha?

    Alpha jest dla wszystkich, aw szczególności:

    • Tych, którzy chcą zbadać chrześcijaństwo
    • Nowy chrześcijanie
    • Nowi do kościoła
    • Ci, którzy chcą odświeżyć podstawy

    Ile to będzie kosztować?

    Nie ma opłaty za kurs Alfa.

  • German

    "Was Alpha bietet, und was zieht Tausende von Menschen, ist die Erlaubnis, selten in der säkularen Kultur, die großen Fragen diskutieren - Leben und Tod und ihre Bedeutung"
          - The Guardian

    Was ist Alpha?

    Der Alpha-Kurs ist eine Chance für jeden, den christlichen Glauben zu entdecken. Es ist entspannt, low key, freundlich und lustig.

    Unsere Alpha-Kurs ist eine Serie von neun Abende. Zu Beginn eines jeden Abend eine kostenlose Mahlzeit serviert wird, so dass Sie eine Chance, um andere wissen, entspannen und genießen.

    Dann gibt es eine Diskussion, auf wichtige Fragen wie "Was passiert, wenn wir sterben?" Und "Was ist Leiden" Wer ist Jesus? Ist '?'

    Und dann gibt es eine Möglichkeit, zu diskutieren, was Sie gehört haben, teilen Sie Ihre Ansichten, und fragen, was du willst. Alpha ist ein Ort, wo keine Frage ist zu einfach oder zu feindselig.

    Wenn Sie die Tausende von anderen Menschen, die auf Alpha gewesen beitreten möchten, dann füllen Sie einfach das einfache Formular aus.


    Wer ist Alpha für?

    Alpha ist für jedermann, insbesondere:

    • Diejenigen, die das Christentum zu untersuchen
    • New Christen
    • Neulinge in der Kirche
    • Diejenigen, die zur Auffrischung der Grundlagen möchten

    Was wird es kosten?

    Es gibt keine Gebühr für die Alpha-Kurs.

  • Russian

    “То, что предлагает Альфа, и то, что привлекает тысячи людей, это возможность, редкая в светской культуре, обсуждать большие вопросы – жизнь и смерть и их значение”
          - Гардиан

    Что такое Альфа?

    Альфа курс – это возможность исследовать христианскую веру. Это расслабленная, непринуждённая, дружественная и весёлая обстановка.

    Наш Альфа курс состоит из цикла девяти вечеров. В начале каждого вечера бесплатная еда и возможность познакомиться с другими людьми, расслабиться и наслаждаться вечером.

    Затем следует разговор, в котором поднимаются такие вопросы как: “кто такой Иисус?”, “Что произойдёт когда мы умрём?”, “Как на счёт страданий?”.

    Затем следует возможность обсудить то, что вы услышали, поделиться своей точкой зрения, задать любые вопросы. Альфа курс – это место, где нет слишком простых или враждебных вопросов.

    Если вы хотите присоединиться к тысячам других людей, посетивших Альфа курс, то просто заполните форму ниже.

    Для кого Альфа?

    Альфа для каждого, в особенности:

    • Для тех, кто хочет исследовать Христианство;
    • для новообращённых;
    • для прихожан церкви;
    • кто хочет освежить в памяти основы.

    Сколько это стоит?

    Альфа курс бесплатный.

  • Portuguese

    "O Alpha oferece, e que está atraindo milhares de pessoas, é a permissão, raro na cultura secular, para discutir as grandes questões - vida e morte eo seu significado"
          - The Guardian

    O que é o alfa?

    O curso Alpha é uma oportunidade para qualquer pessoa explorar a fé cristã. É fundamental, relaxado baixo, amigável e divertido.

    O nosso curso Alpha é uma série de nove noites. No início de cada noite uma refeição é servida, o que lhe dá a chance de conhecer outras pessoas, relaxe e divirta-se.

    Então há uma palestra, abordando questões-chave, como "Quem é Jesus?" O que acontece quando morremos? "E" O que sobre o sofrimento? "

    E então há uma oportunidade para discutir o que você já ouviu falar, partilhar os seus pontos de vista, e perguntar o que quiser. Alpha é um lugar onde nenhuma pergunta é muito simples ou muito hostil.

    Se você quiser se juntar a milhares de outras pessoas que estiveram no Alpha, em seguida, basta preencher o formulário abaixo.

    Wenn Sie die Tausende von anderen Menschen, die auf Alpha gewesen beitreten möchten, dann füllen Sie einfach das einfache Formular aus.


    Quem é o Alfa para?

    Alpha é para todos, especialmente:

    • Aqueles que querem investigar o cristianismo
    • Cristãos-novos
    • Os recém-chegados à igreja
    • Aqueles que querem se atualizar sobre os conceitos básicos

    Quanto vai custar?

    Não há nenhum custo para o curso Alpha.

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Alpha Stories

Steve Arnold was invited to Alpha by his work colleague. He told us his story of how he got on at Alpha.


Steve Arnold

Q: Before Alpha did you have any kind of Christian background?

When I was a kid my parents used to send us to Sunday school, but they weren’t really religious. It was the done thing in the ’50s. I used to enjoy it — I even went to see Billy Graham at Wembley. But I never had a religious moment. In the end my dad gave me the option of joining a Sunday football team or going to church. So football got in the way and when I was 17 I joined the Army.

Q: How long were you in the Army?

Sixteen and a half years. I always felt something was missing, but more so when I came out of the Army. You have such a bond when you’re in there. A lose term thrown around is ‘band of brothers’, and you really are.

Q: So how did you end up on Alpha?

I got invited to Kings for Easter Sunday last year by Bernadette Gaffney who I worked with. She said that they were having some baptisms and would I like to come? I just said “yeah okay”. I knew so little about Kings that I turned up in a three piece suit!

After the Baptisms we went into the visitors cafe and there was a leaflet for Alpha. And I said “what’s all this about then?”. Bernadette said “well go on one and find out”. A few months later, when I got back from a holiday in August, Bernadette said “what do you do on a Thursday night?”. “Well nothing particularly”. She said “well you will be from next week. Your Alpha Course starts”. I couldn’t remember what it was. But she said “right, we’re going!”

So I went. I like to think I went with an open-minded attitude, but as I said to Paul and Chris on that first night, when they asked what I thought of Christianity I said “to be honest I’ve seem some horrible things done in the name of religion — because I used to be in the Army”.

I started the Alpha Course and just took to it like a duck to water. Nothing was too much trouble to any of the Christians. No subject was off-limits. You could ask anything and they would answer as truthfully as they could. They said they didn’t know all the answers themselves, but nobody does, which was refreshing!

Q: Were you searching for God before you came to Kings?

Not searching, more drifting. But when Bernadette invited me to Kings I thought ‘why not’. I used to enjoy it as a kid and it would be rude to say no. So I came along and just felt good the whole time.

The thing I loved about Kings was that there wasn’t a ‘preachy preach’ — all rules and regulations. It was a different approach and maybe that’s what I needed.

I’ve always been baffled by the Bible. But then I found out there were easier versions of it [than the old King James Version]. That finally hit home when Andrew Wilson did the talk on the Bible on Alpha. The way he described the Bible — I thought ‘why didn’t anybody ever come out with that sensible approach before’ — and that really got me thinking. And then every week I couldn’t wait for Thursday’s to come.

Q: So what kept you coming back each week?

The people. I really got the feeling that I belonged but not knowing why. But the more I kept coming back the more I realised why I belonged. The more everything started to make sense and the more I wanted to be there.

Q: What is it about Alpha that makes it good for people who are just exploring faith?

I would say that even though it’s done at a pace to get through, it makes you feel like it’s been done at your pace. So you can take it all in without being crammed with facts and figures. I never felt like I was under any pressure what so ever. I just loved the whole feel of it.