What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith.

“Each session looks at a different question, and is assigned to create conversation. No two Alphas look the same – they run in coffee shops, churches, bars, prisons, universities, schools and homes. There’s no pressure, no follow-up and no charge; it’s just an open, informal, and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together.”

(from the Alpha website)

We usually host two Alpha courses a year, one in Darfield and the other elsewhere in Malvern.

Our last Alpha course ran for eight weeks from May to July 2018. We expect to run another Alpha course in mid-2019.

Each Alpha course begins with a fully catered Alpha Dinner. After this, a typical Alpha evening includes dessert, a video talk and discussion groups to ask questions, share ideas and engage with others.

Topics include:

  • Who is Jesus?
  • Why did Jesus die?
  • Why and how should I read the Bible?
  • Why and how do I pray?
  • How does God heal us?
  • How can I resist evil?
  • Does God heal today?

…and more! We also have a day retreat for Holy Spirit talks.

For more information about Alpha, you can check out www.alpha.org.nz.

Why did you decide to join Alpha?

I am spiritually hungry and I really want to know more about Jesus. (Krista)

I decided to join Alpha after hearing a testimony from a lady whose background was similar to mine. I wanted a deeper relationship with God. (Barbara)

I initially joined Alpha to support my partner, but soon realised it was helpful and enjoyable for me too. (Deb)

How did Alpha change your idea of Christianity?

It is great to know that my relationship with God is real, that he is present and that he loves me. (Yerry)

The Alpha course allowed me to learn more how God could help me in different scenarios such as forgiving people, which at the time was a big thing for me. (Kilita)

The videos clarified a few things and the group discussions were thought-provoking. Everyone had an interesting perspective and we all felt safe talking there. (Deb)

Who would you recommend an Alpha course to?

Everyone! If you have any questions about God and just life in general, it’s great to talk to people who can help answer those questions. (Kilita)

To everyone! (Yerry)

Anyone and everyone. It’s an informal and fun way of having questions answered. No question is silly or wrong. It’s a safe and confidential environment to explore Christianity. (Barbara)

If you want to join a course or learn when the next one will be running, please get in touch!

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