Everyone should have the opportunity to explore Christian faith, ask questions, and share their point of view. This is the stated aim of Alpha, the popular and prolific course that explores the basics of Christian faith.
Alpha has been a key part of the life of our church and many people have come to faith through attending a QPBC course. So, it’s great to be launching out again this autumn.
This Sunday is Alpha Sunday at Queen’s Park Baptist, and we will hear stories of how people went about inviting people to Alpha, and from people whose lives were changed by attending an Alpha course.
Dez Johnston, Regional Youth Director for Europe, Middle East and North Africa at Alpha International, is our speaker. You will not want to miss this! And as an added bonus we plan a deeper dive into all things Alpha with Dez on next week’s podcast. Just search “calling a city to life” on all the usual podcast platforms.
Who will you invite?
Our next Alpha course will begin on Wed 4th October at 7pm so this is a great time for all of us to be thinking about who we will invite. We have a great team who are excited about meeting new people and giving them a great welcome as they explore faith.
For a bit of a taster pre-Sunday check out Alpha testimonies on YouTube.
Please share Alpha publicity on your social media – details to share are already on QPBC Facebook page (sharing is just a click) and other media links will come soon.
We also have invitation cards available which you can hand to a friend as a personal invite.
What is Alpha about?
Alpha is about connection.
The course brings together people from all walks of life who are curious about faith. Each session starts with some time to eat, relax and get to know people.
Alpha is about content.
Each session covers a different topic of faith. The Alpha episodes are designed to engage and inspire conversation. They’re about thirty minutes long and explore the big questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith?
Alpha is a about conversation.
The last part of an Alpha evening is a chance to share thoughts on the session’s topic and discuss it in small groups. It’s an open and welcoming environment with no pressure to say anything but any question is acceptable.
And some endorsements:
Alpha was the best thing I ever did. It helped answer some huge questions and to find a simple empowering faith in my life.’
– Bear Grylls, TV Adventurer
‘Alpha … is probably the most interesting and incredible thing going on in our Christian world.’
– Tony Blair, Former UK Prime Minister
‘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, London