Is there more to life?
Alpha gives everyone the opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The Alpha course usually meets once a week for 10 weeks, sometimes in a church, a home, or a restaurant. Sessions begin with a meal, followed by a short talk, and time to discuss the topic.
During the discussion, everyone is welcome to contribute their opinions and no question is considered hostile or too simple. Questions might include–Is there a God? Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going?
Alpha is for everyone –no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. We don’t assume any background knowledge or belief in Christianity and everyone is welcome.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT ALPHA
Just pop along for the first session and see what you think.
No pressure, no follow-up and no charge.
Please note, this session of Alpha is for those who have not yet attended at St. Joe's. Please consider inviting a friend, coworker, neighbor, or family member to experience Alpha!
Volunteer to Help
Many hands make light work - and a great Alpha! Questions?
If you previously attended and cannot bring someone new, please consider volunteering or please consider writing a check to help cover the costs of food for this year’s Alpha participants.
Contact the Alpha Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to expect
A typical Alpha
Alpha runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes, bars — you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but they generally have three key things in common: food, a talk, and good conversation.
First up, there's Food
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. We start with food, because it’s a great way to encourage community and get to know each other.
Then a Talk
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Generally 30 minutes long, they are given as a live talk or played as a video. Talks explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith?
Followed by Discussion
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. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly, and open environment.
Is Alpha OK for Catholics?
If you have a questions about Alpha and how it relates to Catholics, check out this video from Bishop Byrnes!
-Do I have to talk and share my thoughts?
No. You may remain silent the entire time if you wish.
-How long is an Alpha session?
Sessions last 2 hours. They go by quickly. We start on time and always end on time.
-I am coming and will not know anybody else. Is that normal?
Yes. Most people come to Alpha without knowing anybody else in the course. By the end of the course, most people become good friends. Alpha is a great way to meet new people.
-What if I have attended Alpha at St. Joe's before?
If you've attended Alpha before, you have seen how it works and enjoyed a great evening with friends. This session of Alpha is designed for people who haven't yet experienced an Alpha, and you're welcome to invite them along and sit with them to help share the experience! Please let the St. Joe Alpha Team know if you've attended before and are bringing someone new so we can ensure you both have a great experience! If you cannot bring someone new, please consider volunteering to help provide food, childcare, or facilities setup, or please consider writing a check with memo line “Alpha” to help cover the costs of food for this year’s Alpha participants.
-How much does Alpha cost?
Alpha is free!
-Can I just “come and see” for the first week?
Yes. Just register to let us know you’re coming (so we have enough food prepared for you).
-What if I go for a week or two and don’t want to continue?
If you don’t want to continue after a week or two, no worries. We will not call you or bother you if you don’t come back.
-Is childcare available?
Yes, and it’s free. Just indicate that you need childcare on the registration form.
-I have more questions. Who do I contact?
Questions can be directed to the Alpha Team.
What Catholic leaders are saying about Alpha
Alpha is a tool for evangelization being used by thousands of Catholic parishes in more than 70 countries around the world. Alpha is also run by churches of many other denominations to introduce people to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. This has led to more than 24 million people around the world experiencing Alpha. In particular, it is attracting many young people who are asking the question, “Is there more to life than this?”