The internationally-acclaimed Alpha course is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life. It's a chance to explore what Christians believe in a relaxed, informal, friendly and non-threatening way.

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a course  where people come and discuss life’s big questions. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha runs online, in cafés, churches, universities, homes - you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: hospitality, a talk and good conversation.

What happens in an Alpha Course?

First, there’s food

Whether it's a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch up over coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together. It's no different at Alpha. Most sessions start with food, because it's a great way to build community and get to know each other.

Then there's a talk

The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long, they may be a live talk or played as a video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions from Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? to Why and how do I pray? and How does God guide us?

Finally, a discussion

This is probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There's no obligation to say anything and there's nothing you can't say (seriously). It's an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.


Click here to see what the press and others say about Alpha.

Click here to take a look at what people who have taken Alpha have to say.

A number of Churches in Harlow run Alpha and below are brief details of any courses coming up.  Click on the church name to go to the churches information about their Alpha Course.





Next Course Starting

Day of the week

St Mary's Churchgate Street St Mary's Churchgate Street 16/04/2024 Tuesday 7pm for a 7.30 start


If none of the above works for you then click here to be added to a list of people awaiting an Alpha course in the Harlow area, you will be able to specify whether you prefer in-person or online and which days of the week work for you.





Alpha Waiting List

A list for people waiting to attend an Alpha in Harlow.

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