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We aim to regularly run Alpha Courses in our Parish or in Wisborough Green Parish. Details of our next Alpha Course will be shown on this page.

For anyone who is not familiar with the Alpha Course, it’s an 11-week series of weekly talks addressing different aspects of Christian faith and spirituality. Each evening consists of socialising over a meal, then listening to a talk (either on video or by a guest speaker), followed by a discussion over coffee with fellow participants in small groups – with any and all views & opinions being welcome. It really is an opportunity to explore for yourself, in a relaxed and informal setting, what Christianity has to offer – and to enjoy yourself in the process!

Although the Alpha Course was originally developed in a Church of England parish (Holy Trinity Brompton), it is not exclusive to any denomination or style of Christianity, but is endorsed by all the major Christian denominations, including Church of England, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Pentecostal, Salvation Army and Free Churches. Thousands of Alpha Courses have been run worldwide since the course was developed in its current form about 30 years ago.

The course is open to everyone, especially those wanting to investigate Christianity, new Christians & churchgoers, or anyone wanting to ‘brush up on the basics’. There is no charge, though donations to help cover costs are welcome. And it doesn’t matter if you miss an evening or two – just come along to the next one.

If you would like more information on the Alpha Course in general, please click here.

The book of the Alpha Course is "Questions of Life" by Nicky Gumbel - each of the chapters is one of the Alpha Course talks. It is available in paperback or Kindle editions.

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