St Mary Church

Alpha in St. Mary (Andover)

Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith, in a friendly, open and informal environment with the opportunity of enjoying supper as well!

It is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith.

Guests come on Alpha for many different reasons; some want to investigate whether God exists and some have questions they would like to discuss. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.

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.

Alpha is proving to be greatly used by God with 9,970 courses running in the UK and more than 60,000 courses operating worldwide in 169 countries and 112 languages. The total number of people who have been on Alpha is approximately 18 million worldwide, so it is hugely popular.

One of the most significant contributions that Alpha makes is an emphasis which it places on the value of relationships. The practice of guests returning to the same group each week, sharing a friendly time together over a meal together, on neutral ground, ensures that people are put at ease and better able to hear a talk and ask questions at the end. This is where Alpha is at its strongest.