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The Parish of Christchurch. Christchurch Priory, St George at Jumpers, St John at Purewell

Alpha Course

Last updated Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

What is The Alpha Course?

The Alpha Course is a relaxed and interactive way of helping people explore the Christian faith. The course is shared in a small group of up to 8 people. Since 1990, more than 1.2 million in the UK have attend a course, 26 million worldwide. The full course runs for up to 15 sessions, but at Christchurch Priory we are going to cover just six for now.

Who is running The Alpha Course?

The course will be led by  Revd. James Robertson, who is one of the team at Christchurch Priory. As a retired parish vicar, James has experience of leading  several Alpha groups over the last 18 years.

What happens at Alpha?

Each session starts at 10am with refreshments, followed by a 30-minute presentation on the Christian theme for the day. This, together with the course booklet, helps to prompt reflection, questions and discussion. Our time together ends by 11.45am.

 Who is The Alpha Course suitable for?

The course is ideal for anyone who is interested in finding out more about Christianity and what it means to follow its founder, Jesus Christ. No previous knowledge is required or expected.

Equally, people have found Alpha is a handy and enjoyable way of refreshing or deepening their faith.

When and Where will The Alpha Course be running?

Alpha will be running on Tuesday mornings 10-11.45am, over six weeks, 30 October to 4 December.

We will meet in Meeting Room 7 on the ground floor of Priory House, Quay Road, Christchurch.

Parking is available in the adjacent car parks. Entry to Priory House is from the car park, or through the church.

Please see overleaf for a full list of dates and session themes.

What is the charge for the course?

There is no charge for attending The Alpha Course. Each person will be given a  course booklet to use and keep.

Free refreshments will be available in Meeting Room 7 in Priory House, Alternatively,  refreshments may be bought at the Cloister Café.


How can I book a place on The Alpha Course?

To make sure we order enough course booklets, or if you have any queries,

just contact the Parish Office

using the ‘contacts’ tab

or by phone: 01202 485804 option3

or by email: The Parih Office via our contact page

Tuesday 30 October 10am:

1. Is There More to Life Than This?

 Tuesday 6 November

2. Who is Jesus?

 Tuesday 13 November 10am:

3. Why Did Jesus Die?

 Tuesday 20 November 10am:

4. How Can I Have Faith?

 Tuesday 27 November 10am:

5. Why and How Do I Pray?

 Tuesday 4 December 10am:

6. Why and How Should I Read the Bible


What people are saying about The Alpha Course…

 ‘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, London

 ‘What distinguishes Alpha from other initiatives is the easy-going, relaxed feel of the proceedings – that, and its astonishing success.’  The Times, London

 We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, to ask questions and share their point of view; wherever they are in the world.