The Alpha Course is designed primarily for people who aren't churchgoers and each course is open to everyone who would like to attend.
The course is based around small groups of about 12 people, hosted by one or two leaders whose role is to facilitate and encourage discussion.
Courses vary in size, from one small group meeting in a home, to hundreds of people in a larger venue. Some courses are held over morning coffee or during a lunch hour, most are evening courses, typically lasting 2 hours. Whatever the course size, people tend to remain in the same small groups for the duration of the course so they can get to know each other, continue discussions and deepen friendships.
The whole course usually lasts for 10 weeks, with a day or weekend away in the middle.
The Alpha course also offers Business Alpha, Youth Alpha, Alpha for Students, Alpha for Prisons, Caring for Ex-Offenders, The Marriage Course and The Marriage Preparation Course as their related ministries.
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