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St. Mary's introduced the Alpha course in the Autumn of 1998 and by the beginning of this year, well over 100 people will have been on the course. Everybody who has been on the course has found his or her faith strengthened and has also built new lasting friendships.
Why not come along and see for yourself!

What is Alpha?
Anyone interested in finding more about the Christian faith. People of all ages are welcome
Learning and laughter. It is possible to learn about the Christian faith and have fun at the same time!
People meeting and eating together. Sharing ideas and supper gives people an opportunity to get to know each other
Helping one another. The small groups give you a chance to discuss issues raised in the talks
Ask anything. Alpha is a place where no question is regarded as too simple or too hostile

Who is Alpha for?
Those who want to brush up on the basics
New Christians
Newcomers to the Church
Those who feel they never really got going as a Christian
Those wanting to investigate Christianity

How does it work?
The course is run over 11 weeks and begins with a meal together at about 12.00pm or 7.00pm depending on whether or not the course is being run around lunchtime or in the evening. Typically the evening course has been the most popular.. Afterwards we watch a DVD and then spend time discussing any questions raised from the talk, aiming to finish about 2.30pm or 9.30pm respectively.
There is also a Saturday away with all the groups. This is a key part of the course and a great way in helping people get to know each other.

What will it cost?
There is no charge for Alpha, although you may be asked to contribute towards the meal and also for the Saturday away.

When is the next course?
Alpha courses are being run at St. Mary's in the Autumn, Spring & sometimes in the Summer. Our next course is planned for later this year.

You won't need to cook as we will first all be sitting down for a meal together.

This is then followed by a DVD and plenty of time for discussion.
If you are not sure or wondering what's it all about, please have a chat with our vicar Margaret or contact us on

Alternatively please have a word with Ed Sands (07831 807941).

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