What is Alpha?
Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The Alpha course usually meets once a week for 10 weeks, sometimes in a home, a church, or a restaurant. Sessions begin with a meal, followed by a video, and open discussion.
Come and see what Alpha is about- no commitment necessary. Check us out on the first night, and then decide if you’ll give the full Alpha experience a try. 400 people have experienced Alpha through St. Thomas!
Is Alpha for you? Alpha is for everyone! Alpha is for people who wouldn’t necessarily consider themselves Christian, and Alpha is also for Christians and Catholics. We have people come to Alpha from every different perspective and background- the more diverse our group, the better our conversation! Everyone and every viewpoint is welcome- no background knowledge of (or belief in) Christianity is assumed.
At Alpha there is no pressure, no follow-up, and no charge.
Your Alpha FAQ’s:
Who should try Alpha? Alpha is for everyone! Alpha is for the curious- people from all sorts of different spiritual backgrounds who are searching for God and asking questions about life. Alpha is also for practicing Christians and Catholics- it is an intense experience that can deepen one’s love for God, the Church, and others. Everyone walks away from Alpha more equipped to have deep conversations with others, no matter what their spiritual background may be.
How long are the videos? Videos are between twenty and thirty minutes.
Do I have to talk during table discussion? No, you can remain silent the entire time if you wish. We work hard to maintain a relaxed environment, and you are free to participate however you feel comfortable.
How long is an Alpha session? From beginning to end, each session is two hours. The time goes so quickly! We always begin and end on time.
I am coming, but I won’t know anyone else. Is that normal? Most of those who come to Alpha don’t know many people there. By the end of the Course most people have become friends. The open, honest conversations Alpha is known for are great for bringing people together.
How much does Alpha cost? There is no cost to participate in Alpha.
Can I just come and see the first week? Definitely. We do ask that you register so we are sure to have enough food for you.
What if after a week or two I don’t want to continue? If you don’t want to continue, that’s perfectly okay. We won’t bother you if you don’t come back.
Is childcare offered? Not at this time. We are hoping to have childcare available for upcoming Alpha sessions.
Is Alpha okay for Catholics? Yes! Click here to learn more.
What People are Saying about Alpha at St. Thomas?
“Alpha got me thinking about faith seriously, earnestly, and with an open heart for the first time in a long time.”
“At Alpha there was no party line that I felt I was supposed to tow… the only goal was rich discourse, not agreement or conformity.”
“Alpha for me was a discovery: God loves me. He is with us here and now and I/we have a relationship.”
“I had been separated from my faith and wanted to reconnect…I started Alpha skeptical and distant, but with a desire to connect. After Alpha I feel I have ownership of my faith…Alpha reminds me to keep faith in my daily life, and reminds me that questioning is okay.”
“I started Alpha seeking to do God’s will in my whole life. After Alpha I’m the same- but now I’m encouraged and surrounded by a group to support me.
”I was so surprised by the caring. The food, the friendship– I didn’t expect to feel so cared about by strangers!
Alpha has made it easier to talk about my faith in Christ!
“I tried Alpha because I needed something in my life. I was struggling and wanted some answers…I really needed to see and interact, to question the faith in a safe space, to listen and be heard….Now I definitely have a better understanding in both my head and my heart of faith…this has been a really amazing experience for me.”
After the Alpha Retreat and the ability to have others pray over me, I have felt peace ever since!
I was so surprised about how easy it is to talk to strangers and acquaintances about issues of faith.