What is Alpha?


Alpha is a great way to explore the basic Christian message, either for the first time or as a refresher, and to meet new people in a relaxed, informal, friendly, welcoming, non-threatening and non-judgemental atmosphere.

The next Alpha in our Pastoral Area is being run by St Joseph’s, Christchurch, on Tuesday evenings, March-June 2022.
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Over a period of ten weeks, each weekly session includes a free meal, short film and informal discussion in small groups, where no question is too simple or silly, no answer pre-packaged and no pressure to speak or share.

We run ‘big’ Alphas where we have  60-80 people in a hall and also small ‘house-group’ Alphas with about 10 people meeting in someone’s home.


Not sure if it’s for you?  We always hold ‘Taster Sessions’ in advance of the next Alpha so people can get a better feel of what it’s like before deciding to give it  a try (and of course, you can always stop at any point if you decide to)  However, our experience is that even those who are very unsure to start with quickly start to love it!


Why are we running Alpha in a Catholic context?