Have you got big questions? Why are we here? What is our purpose in life? Does God exist? Why is there suffering in the world? The Alpha course is an opportunity to explore these questions and more in a relaxed, friendly environment. It's for people who don’t go to church or haven’t been in a long time and are interested in learning more about Christianity.
Each evening starts with a meal, followed by a short video about an aspect of the meaning of life and the Christian faith. After this, we will discuss and ask questions in friendly small groups.
The next Alpha course begins on Thursday 4th October at 7.30pm at King's Church and runs every subsequent Thursday evening at 7:30pm until 6th December. For more details, please e-mail Alistair.
You can get a taste of the course by watching the first film in the series here.
Who is the Alpha course for? The Alpha course is designed primarily for people who aren't churchgoers. It attracts a diverse range of guests, including people of different ages, backgrounds, and viewpoints.
Do I need to be a Christian to do the course? Definitely not! The course is designed for anyone who is interested in asking questions or learning more about the Christian faith. Many guests have never been to church before.
How much does it cost? There is no charge for attending the Alpha course.
Are my questions too controversial for church? All questions are welcome on the Alpha course, that's what it's there for.
Does the course explore other religions? The Alpha course is an exploration of the Christian faith only.
What if I try it and don’t want to come back? The Alpha course aims to be a low-pressure and non-threatening experience. If you don’t feel that the course is for you, you are under no obligation to return.
Why do people go on the Alpha course? Guests do Alpha for a variety of reasons; some want to investigate whether God exists or question what happens after death, whereas others come to discuss particular questions, understand other peoples' beliefs or explore the meaning of life.
How long does the course last for? The Alpha course will take place over ten weeks.
What is the format of the course? Each session begins with a free meal cooked by our excellent chefs and a chance to get to know others in the small group. This is followed by a short video talk and a time of discussion, when everyone is welcome to ask questions and share their opinion with the rest of their small group.
What are the talks about? Each session covers a different topic, which people are then free to discuss in the small groups afterwards. Topics include: Who is Jesus? Why did He die? How can we have faith? Does God heal today?
When and where does the course take place? The course will be held at our building: 104 Gilmore Place, Edinburgh. EH3 9PL on Tuesday evenings starting on Thursday 4th October at 7.30pm.
What happens if I miss a session? If you’ve missed a session you can visit the course catch-up page on the Alpha website to watch the videos.
Thursday, 22 November at 19:30 to 21:30
Thursday, 29 November at 19:30 to 21:30
104 Gilmore Place
Edinburgh, EH3 9PL