Alpha Course: No pressure. No Stress.
Q: How does an Alpha Session work?
A: An 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 (whom you will meet at the first session).
Most people come nervous! So no worries.
During the discussion portion of the session, you can ask people 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 11 weeks with a weekend away in the middle.
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 to help offset the cost of food. There will be a retreat toward the end of Alpha that will have a cost per person. However, we never want money to prevent anyone from attending Alpha so we've got you covered if you need.
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 catch up online. Anyone is able to register up until session 3 (week 3); after that we would encourage you to check back on this website and sign up for our next Alpha course, and start from session 1 (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.