What is Alpha anyway?

Alpha is a proven means of helping people enter into a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. It has been used in 169 countries (and counting!), communicated in over 112 languages, and experienced by over 25 million people around the world. It is the tool that Christ the King has chosen to use to respond to our Lord’s call, and Bishop Boyea’s call, to “Go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19)

This page is designed to help Christ the King parishioners better understand what Alpha is and how we can all get involved and support it. Click on the links below for more!

What is Alpha?

Is Alpha Catholic?

When are we offering Alpha?

How do I invite people to Alpha?

I’m accompanying someone to an Alpha session. Do I need to register us?

If I invite someone to Alpha, do I have to attend with them?

How can I help with Alpha?

What is Alpha?

Alpha is:

  • A series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith
  • For Catholics, non-Catholics, non-Christians, anyone!
  • An 11-week commitment, in which individuals meet once a week and includes a day-long retreat
  • A form of pre-evangelization and evangelization presented by ordinary Christians
  • Discussion involving the whole person—our intellect, our heart, our conscience, and our will
  • An opportunity to meet people where they’re at, to share authentic conversation among new friends
  • A journey of growing our faith and developing a closer, and deeper relationship with Jesus

You can learn more about Alpha and why we are running it at Christ the King by listening to the homily that Dcn. Dan Foley gave at the 11am Mass on June 25, 2017.

You can also learn more by watching the trailer below.

Click here to preview full episodes.

Is Alpha Catholic? Our Catholic Context

Click here to watch Archbishop Michael Byrnes explain the “Catholic voice” of Alpha.

When are we offering Alpha?

Our Fall 2017 Alpha Courses are full. We are in the process of setting up our Winter 2018 Alpha Courses. To receive information about our upcoming Alpha courses, just go to our main Alpha page and click on the Register button near the bottom of the page.

How do I invite people to Alpha?

You don’t have to be a theologian to invite people to Alpha. It’s simply a good meal, a video, and then good conversation about life’s most important questions. Each discussion group is led by trained table leaders.

I’m accompanying someone to an Alpha session. Do I need to register us?

Yes, please do! Although we can accommodate a certain number of walk-ins for each session, registering in advance will help us plan for food and activities. To register, go to our main Alpha page and click on the Register button near the bottom of the page.

If I invite someone to Alpha, do I have to attend with them?

No, you don’t, but you might find that it will be helpful to attend with them.  In either case, make sure that your guest and you (if you’re attending) register at www.ctkcc.net/alpha. For more information, contact Aimee Godfrey (agodfrey@ctkcc.net).

How can I help with Alpha?

It takes the help of many people to run an Alpha session: greeters, food servers, discussion group leaders, childcare helpers, etc. We’ll have more information about how you can help on the Alpha course as the Winter 2018 Alpha sessions draw closer. Stay tuned!

Other ways you can support Alpha are:

Pray for those who will be attending Alpha and for those you could invite.

Accompany someone you are inviting to the Alpha course.