The Story of Alpha
The Alpha course was developed in the Anglican parish of Holy Trinity Brompton, London in the late 1970’s. It was designed as an educational course for the parish to strengthen knowledge of the Christian faith. In 1990 the Holy Trinity clergyman Nicky Gumbel saw the potential of the course and adapted it to make it inclusive for anyone interested in the Christian faith.
Alpha is supported by all the major denominations and from early on, Alpha has been run in Catholic parishes. The course material is wholly compatible with catholic teaching. Most courses are held in the Autumn, as a run up to Christmas.
Today, millions of people in the UK and worldwide have been on an Alpha course and there are presently 55,000 Alpha Courses running in more than 166 countries across the world. More information on Alpha can be obtained on the Alpha website here
.What is Alpha?
The Alpha course is a practical and accessible overview of the Christian faith. It is a low-pressure, fun and informative course where participants can relax, share thoughts and explore the meaning of life. Each session involves a light meal and then a talk on a subject central to the Christian faith followed by a group discussion. The subjects covered by the talks cover key questions like:
What is Alpha for?
- Is there more to life ?
- Who is Jesus ?
- Why did Jesus Die ?
- Why and How do I pray ?
- How does God guide us ?
The course is suitable for all: practicing Christians of all denominations, new Christians, those who have lapsed in their faith and non-church goers alike.The Alpha Course at Blessed Robert Grissold
Autumn 2012 was an exciting moment for the Parish community at Blessed Robert Grissold as it embarked on its first ever Alpha Course
The Blessed Robert Grissold Alpha 2012 course started after the summer break and ran weekly on Wednesday evenings from 26th September to 28th November with a break over half term. Each weekly session started with supper at 7.15pm and ended at 9.30pm. The sessions were held in the Parish Room at the back of the Church. The Course finished with a party and was enjoyed by all who attended!