Try_Homepage_photosAlpha is a ten-week course designed as a practical introduction to the basics of Christianity with plenty of opportunity for debate and discussion. The style of Alpha is deliberately friendly and informal. Each week people get together for a meal, a talk on topics such as “Who is Jesus?”, “Why Did Jesus Die?” and “How Can I be Sure of My Faith?”, followed by small group discussion. There is a day or weekend retreat midway through the course which focuses on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Alpha can benefit those who have never set foot in a church, those who once attended, and those who are regular churchgoers. investigating Christianity for the first time, or revisiting your faith. Alpha has a marriage preparation course, ESL course, parenting courses and the Youth Film Series. To find out about running a course email Alpha Coordinator, Amy Croy   For information on upcoming courses, check with your local parish or visit the Alpha Canada Website.


Ways to use the Alpha Youth Film Series

Launch a Youth Ministry:  One Church did an excellent job of inviting others to come to Alpha. Three youth became twelve and a youth group was formed after Alpha.

Evangelism:   Alpha was created for Christians to invite their friends and neighbours.  Book Amy Croy to meet with your youth for a Taste of Alpha Session and she will help your group plan an Alpha kick-off they will be excited to invite friends to.

Primer for Confirmation Preparation:  Gather up youth  to do Alpha and encourage them to invite their friends.  When Alpha is done, offer a confirmation program as a way for students to own their baptism. Incorporate offering baptism for guests who have not been baptized.

Train Leaders:  Alpha comes with three training sessions  which can be facilitated by Amy Croy.  Leaders can be 14 or 84.  Leading a small group for 10 weeks  gives team members essential skills for leading in the future.

Ecumenical Partners :  Team up with other Churches in your neighbourhood to run Alpha for all the church youth, their friends and other students in the area.

Outreach:  Offer Alpha for Youth in your neighbourhood.  Host it at your church, a local coffee shop or community centre.   Churches can  assist students who are leading Alpha in a local school by connecting them with youth in your church, providing prayer support, food and / or a venue for the day away.

Be Creative:  One Church ran a small group for parents who watched the Youth Film Series at the same time as their kids.