The Alpha Course is open to everyone interested in exploring the meaning of life and discovering the relevance of the Christian faith. Alpha gives us an opportunity to get to know each other - followed by a video talk leading into small group discussions.
The Alpha course spread during the 1990s, initially in the UK and then internationally, as more and more people found it a helpful and informal way to discuss questions about the Christian faith.
There are now over 60,000 Alpha courses worldwide in over 166 countries, run in 75+ languages.
Today, more than 17 million people have participated in the Alpha Course. Alpha is supported by all the major Christian denominations.
Alpha runs for 10/11 weeks and everyone’s views and questions are important. No question is too simple.
What is the Alpha evening format?
We share drinks and a dessert together, if you wish. Each week a short film is played. The films unpack the basics of the Christian faith, addressing question such as Who is Jesus? How can we have faith? and How does God guide us?
After each film there is space to talk through and look at a different question around faith and it is designed to spark conversation which will be guided by the hosts, Sarah and our Pastor Pam.
Why do the Alpha Course?
People come on the Alpha course for many different reasons; some have never been to church and want to investigate whether God exists, others may have attended church for some time and want to further explore the relevance of the Christian faith to their daily lives.
How to do Alpha with us?
If you have never done an Alpha course, then it could be helpful for you to join into this one. Sutton Baptist Church will be running an Alpha Course starting in the new year 2022, meeting every Wednesday at 7:30pm, full details including the zoom link will be available on our calendar. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Who can do the Alpha Course?
The Alpha course is for anyone and everyone over the age of 18 HOWEVER, we also run Alpha Youth which is an interactive series, providing an opportunity for young people aged 11 - 18 years to personally explore the Christian faith for themselves in a friendly group setting.
The Alpha Youth series includes an array of topics including:
Jesus: Who is He?
Cross: Why did Jesus die?
Faith: How can we have faith?
Prayer: Why and how do I pray?
Bible: Why and how do I read the Bible?