Who is Alpha for? Everyone - whether you're a Catholic learning, a Christian exploring, or a non-Christian seeking.
Explore Christianity in a fun, no-pressure, friendly environment. At each session, we enjoy a meal, watch a video, and reflect on Christian faith and living. Everyone who experiences Alpha constantly tells us that it’s not at all what you’d expect. If you have questions about faith or want to connect with others, consider giving Alpha a try.
Every Alpha session has three key elements:
Every session starts with food because it's a great way to build community and get to know each other.
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. They can be given as a live talk or played as a video. They explore big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity.
Discussion is the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. It's an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
ALPHA COURSE: NO PRESSURE. NO STRESS.
Q: HOW DOES AN ALPHA SESSION WORK?
A: Each Alpha session lasts for 2 hours. You come for a meal, watch a short video, and share your thoughts on the talk with your group of 10-12 people.
Most people come nervous! So no worries.
During the discussion portion of the session, you can ask any other guests in your small group any questions you want. Your session host will ensure the discussion ends on time.
Q: HOW LONG IS AN ALPHA COURSE?
A: Alpha usually lasts 12 weeks.
Q: HOW MUCH DOES ALPHA COST?
A: Great news! Alpha is free. However, we do share a full meal each week so we will ask for voluntary donations of $5.00/person/session to help offset the cost of food.
Q: I AM COMING AND WILL NOT KNOW ANYBODY ELSE. IS THAT NORMAL?
A: Yes! Most people come to Alpha without knowing anybody else on the course. By the end of the course, most people become good friends. Alpha is a great way to meet new people!
Q: DO I HAVE TO TALK AND SHARE MY THOUGHTS?
A: No! You may remain silent if you wish.
Q: CAN I JUST ‘COME AND SEE’ FOR THE FIRST WEEK?
A: Yes! Just register to let us know you’re coming (so we have enough food prepared for you).
Q: WHAT IF I GO FOR A WEEK OR TWO AND DON’T WANT TO CONTINUE?
A: At any point, if you think Alpha isn't for you, that's not a problem. There's no pressure, no follow up and no charge.
Q: WHAT IF I MISSED THE FIRST WEEK?
A: It doesn't matter if you missed the first week of Alpha - you can always catch up online. New registrants are accepted through week 3. After that, we encourage you to check back on this website page and sign up for our next Alpha course so you can start with week 1.
Q: IS THERE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE?
A: Yes, and it’s free! Click here to reserve your spot. Reservations must be made one week in advance.
Q: I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS. WHO DO I CONTACT?
A: Questions can be directed by email to Keith Ronck, Alpha Coordinator at Good Shepherd Catholic Community.
There is never a charge to participate in Alpha. However, we do suggest a food donation of $5.00 per person per meal. Food donations are totally optional and there are two ways to contribute. First, there will be a cash donation basket on the food table at each of the Alpha sessions. Second, credit card donations can be made anytime by clicking below. Thank you for supporting Alpha.