The Alpha course is a practical explanation of the Christian faith, for both the un-churched skeptic and churched. It helps people explore questions about Christianity and the meaning of life. A few of the topics: “Who is Jesus?”, “Why did He die?”, “What about evil?”, “How does God guide us”, “Who/What is the Holy Spirit?” Alpha is a place where no question is seen as too simple, or too hostile.
Throughout the world, Alpha is offered in churches of every denomination, including Episcopal, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal and Presbyterian, as well as non-denominational gatherings. It is also run in such diverse settings as prisons, universities, public high schools, housing developments, coffee shops, bars, and the US Navy.
An introductory evening gives people the opportunity to sample a typical Alpha evening, (which includes dinner, a video, and discussion). Then visitors can decide whether or not they want to continue with the course, which meets weekly, or perhaps to take it at a future date.
For more information about Alpha, you can visit the website. You can also contact CTR parishioner Willard Cook, the executive director of Alpha New England (email), if you want a surer relationship with God, or (honestly) wonder if he exists and if you can really trust him. Ask anyone who has taken Alpha and you’ll hear it is very rewarding!