“Alpha is for meeting Jesus.”

~ Cardinal Christoph Schönborn
Archbishop of Vienna, Austria

Our Next Alpha Session Date is TBD

What is Alpha?

Alpha guests explore Christianity in a relaxing, welcoming and engaging atmosphere. Each session begins with a meal then explores a particular question based on a DVD presentation. After that there’s time for discussion in small groups facilitated by trained Hosts and Helpers.


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What to expect

A typical Alpha

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


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


The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Generally fewer than 30 minutes long, they are viewed 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


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.