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What is Alpha?

Alpha is series of 11 interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Each session looks at a different question and is designed to create conversation. There is no pressure, no follow-up and no cost. It’s just an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together.

People attend for a wide variety of reasons. Some want to investigate whether God exists and if there is any point to life; others are concerned about what happens after death. Still, others may have attended church on and off all their lives but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith. People come from many different backgrounds, holding many different viewpoints, but all come with the same objective: to establish whether Jesus Christ has any real relevance for their lives. Whether you grew up in a Christian environment or never set foot in church; whether you are 18 or 88; whether you work, are in school or somewhere in between…ALPHA IS FOR EVERYONE!

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?

What People 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?”

Last year, approximately 30,000 churches and organizations ran Alpha with over 1.3 million participants.


  • Do I have to talk and share my thoughts?

No. You may remain silent the entire time if you wish.

  • How long is a typical Alpha session?

Sessions last up to 2 hours. They go by quickly. We start on time and always end on time.

  • I am participating 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. We're encouraging everyone to join this fall so please reach out to others to try Alpha too!

  • 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 you can be placed within a small group.

  • I have more questions. Who do I contact?

Questions can be directed to the Alpha Team.

Consider inviting others; you could help change their lives!