No matter who you are - nonbeliever, cradle Catholic, or anywhere in-between - you’ve got questions, and that’s what Alpha is all about. We believe everyone curious about God, faith, or the Church deserves a great community and a solid introduction to Jesus and his message. Alpha helps connect participants to both Jesus and the community, which is why it’s step one of The Process.
Alpha @ SJE
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each session looks at a different question around faith and is designed to spark a thought-provoking conversation. Since 1990, the Alpha Course has been taken by 29 million people of many Christian denominations from 169 countries in 122 languages. It is fully endorsed by the Catholic Church as a great starting place for many people interested in the faith.
What to Expect?
Like most good things, Alpha involves food. Whether it's donuts and coffee or a full dinner, every Alpha starts with shared time together over food. It’s a great way to start building community and getting to know one another.
All the 30-minute Alpha films are designed to spark good conversation while exploring the big issues of faith and unpacking the fundamentals of Christianity. Every film addresses a particular question such as: Who is Jesus? And, how can we have faith?
For many people, this is the most valuable part of their Alpha experience: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the week's topic and discuss it as a small group. Nobody is forced to say anything and nothing is out of bounds. These discussion groups are a great opportunity to hear from others and share your own thoughts in a friendly and supportive environment.