Over 2.5 million people in the UK have been on Alpha. It is a course which is designed particularly for people who wouldn’t normally go to church, but is open to anyone who wants to explore some of life’s biggest questions, such as whether God is real, why suffering exists, and what life is really all about.
Natalie recently attended a course, and here she shares a little about her experience:
What do you do in London?
I am a Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist. I have been qualified for 7 years and have worked in the NHS but I currently work in the private sector.
What was your view of Christianity before doing the Alpha Course?
I had been part of a Christian youth group as a teenager, as my best friend came from a Christian family. I also attended church with them but as I got older I started to lose faith in some of the church’s values and I developed some anger with the church and religion in general.
How did you come to do the Alpha Course?
I had always seen posters advertising Alpha and was interested to explore faith again after a holiday to South Africa with Christian friends, but I had so many questions and I felt I really had no idea what being a Christian really was about. I had been to ChristChurch London a few times and the course was advertised there. I was also having a hard time with feeling satisfied with my life and I felt like Alpha might help me answer some of my questions, and it did!
What did you make of the course?
The course was brilliant. The Alpha team were all so approachable and welcoming. Our table was full of interesting and dynamic Londoners who all had stories to tell and beliefs to explore. Out table leaders were so knowledgeable and non-judgemental.
The day away was also a great opportunity to get to know people in an environment where you could relax away from work and really explore your beliefs more openly.
What difference has Alpha made in your life?
I have a better understanding of Christianity and a different perspective on life. I have a lot of peace and have made some great friends.
Why would you suggest that people bring their friends to Alpha?
Many of my friends are still chasing satisfaction and battling that empty feeling. I say to them now that they should go along to Alpha and ask their questions: you never know, you might find what you are looking for!
Our new course begins with two launch nights at the Grange Holborn Hotel. On September 28, Professor Tom McLeish will consider whether science has replaced God, and on September 29, Emma Jones will talk about her experience as an entertainment correspondent for the BBC and how faith has made a difference to her life and work.
Both evenings include a free two-course meal and a short introduction to the course. To find out more about Alpha and to book a place on our launch evenings, click here.