We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view; wherever they are in the world.
We love doing the Alpha course. Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed for people who want to understand more about Jesus and Christianity. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone’s welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes—you name it. At Joel’s Place we run it in people’s homes.
The main aim is to provide a place where people can ask all the questions they want in a relaxed, informal atmosphere – it can be a lot of fun and very challenging!
No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.
Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch up over coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. Most sessions start with food because it’s a great way to build community and get to know each other.
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long and delivered over about eleven weeks, they can be given as a live talk or played as a video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions from Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? to Why and how do I pray? and How does God guide us?
Probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply 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.
We want you to be comfortable when you sign up for an Alpha course. If you have any questions whatsoever that you’d like to discuss about it and want to find out how to join one, don’t hesitate to send us an email.