Attending an Alpha Course is a great way to renew your faith in God, as well as a way to meet other singles. For those of you who don’t know, the Alpha Course is a free ten week course that explores the meaning of life in the context of the Christian faith.
After coordinating five Alpha courses over several years, mostly to singles, I have seen dozens of folks come to Christ, and have made great friendships along the way. It has absolutely been the most amazing experience in my Christian life.
The Alpha Course is extremely relational, and that is why it is a great place to build friendships. Many Alpha courses target different sets of folks. For example, there are Alpha Course materials geared for college singles, 30 somethings, different ethnic groups, churches, prisons, businesses, etc.
How the Alpha Course Works
The Alpha course starts off with a Celebration Dinner, not unlike an informal wedding reception. You eat great food, listen to some music and enjoy laid back conversations with the folks around you. Afterwards, you hear a message on why Christianity is relevant for your life. At the end of the evening, you will be warmly invited to the first week of the course. If you’re not interested, don’t sweat it, no one is going to call you. It’s totally unforced and non-threatening, even for atheists and those of other religions.
The next week you basically repeat the process, except after the message, there is a small group discussion where people can ask any question without fear or worry. In the process all the people learn about Jesus and get to know each other at the same time.
In week 7 of the Alpha Course there is a weekend away. Without a doubt, this is the highlight of the whole course. The topic of this weekend retreat is God’s love and the Holy Spirit. You learn how God really loves you and wants to know you personally. You basically learn how to become a real Christian
Besides all the expected fun and games packed into the weekend, this is the time where I have seen so many accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour. It’s so wonderful to see the power of God in action: Hardened doubters (most came because a friend cajoled them!) at week one weeping on their knees at week seven for Jesus to save them.
The depth of friendships that grow out of the Alpha course are amazing! More often then not, the people bond so much during the course, that they choose to remain meeting afterwards in post-Alpha small groups.
Overall, if you are a single Christian looking to build real and personal relationships with other singles, the Alpha Course is an awesome place to start. It will also change your life! I suggest searching for a course in your area. This site will also give you more in-depth information about Alpha, which has courses all over the world. Blessings!
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