Alpha Course

Ever wanted to ask those big questions about life, meaning, purpose and faith?

Alpha is a fun, safe way to ask questions in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.

Take a look at what it looks like here.

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a chance to explore the big questions of life with others over a meal in a safe and relaxed way. In a series of sessions you can explore the basic claims of the Christian faith and decide what you think for yourself. You can say as much or as little as you like. Hundreds of thousands of people have tried Alpha across the world in cafés, churches, universities and homes.

Running on Wednesdays at St John’s, each Alpha session begins with a drink and meal and a chance to get to know each other, followed by a short video of about 20 minutes exploring the big issues of life. It addresses questions like “Is there more to life than this?”, “Who is Jesus?”, “How can we have faith?”, “Why and how do I pray?” and “How does God guide us?”.

Following the video, probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and 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.

If you want to know how others who have done Alpha at St John’s got on, you can see a video we made here.


If you’d like to try Alpha, our next Alpha courses in 2020 are:

  • An evening course starting on a Wednesday 8th January, 7.00pm – 9.00pm.
  • A lunchtime course starting on Tuesday 7th January, 12.30pm – 2pm.

Both course also have an away day on Saturday 29th February, and finish towards the end of March. There’s a break for school half term on 18 / 19 February.

How do I sign up?

Contact the church office by clicking here.

More details on Alpha may be found here.