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"What Alpha offers, and what is attracting thousands of people, is permission, rare in secular culture, to discuss the big questions life and death and their meaning."

                The Guardian

"Alpha is an unqualified triumph."

           The Daily Telegraph

What distinguishes Alpha from other initiatives is the easy-going, relaxed feel of the proceedings - that, and its astonishing success.

                          The Times

Welcome to the Hawley Parish Alpha Course information page

 What is Alpha?

Alpha is a low-pressure, fun and informative course. It is a place to relax, share your thoughts and explore the meaning of life.

Who is Alpha for?

The Alpha course is designed primarily for people who aren’t churchgoers and is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Why attend an Alpha Course?

People come on an Alpha course for many different reasons; some want to investigate whether God exists and some have questions they’d like to discuss. Many guests have never been to church and others may have attended church but feel they have never had a personal understanding of the Christian faith.

How Alpha works

Alpha courses are based around small groups of about twelve people, led by one or two hosts whose role is to facilitate and encourage discussion. Course sessions in last for around two and a half hours. Course details >>

The Alpha Course weekly format

The Alpha course runs over twelve weeks. Each session will begin with a meal, then a short talk looking at a different aspect of the Christian faith each week. This will be followed by a time of discussion, when guests can ask questions and contribute their opinions. An awayday will be a day-long session outside of the parish.

There will be no charge to attend the Alpha course, although donations towards the food will of course be welcome!

How did Alpha start?

The Alpha course began in the late 1970s at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, as a means of helping new Christians learn more about the Christian faith. In 1990, former barrister Nicky Gumbel realised the potential of the Alpha course to appeal to a wider audience, and adapted the course to make it inclusive for anyone interested in the Christian faith.

During the 1990s the Alpha course spread , initially in the UK and then internationally, as more and more churches and groups found it a helpful and informal way to discuss questions about the Christian faith.

There are now over 55,000 courses worldwide in 166 countries. Alpha is supported by all the major denominations.

The Parish of Hawley held its first Alpha Course in 2010, with a second course in the Spring of 2012.

We are planning to run a course in April 2014. More details >