Alpha courses

Alpha is a non-pressurised way to explore the Christian faith. It is a place to share your thoughts and explore the meaning of life. The course is designed primarily for people who don’t go to church or who haven’t been to church in a long time and are interested in the Christian faith. Because of the Coronavirus, we cannot meet together for our Alpha course this year, but we can do it via Zoom! Which means you can sign up and take part in Alpha from the comfort of your own home.

When is Alpha running?

We are running our next Alpha course zia Zoom because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Zoom Alpha Course From Wednesday 27th 7.30pm January 2021

For all those interested in faith, new to church, thinking about faith or church, or if you just want to ask questions. Starts Wednesday 27th Jan 7:30pm by Zoom. The course lasts 5 weeks.

You can join to the introductory Zoom meeting to find out more before you commit to the whole course, and drop out at any time. To join our Zoom Alpha course, or ask a question, use the 'join now' button below.

What does the course involve?

The course involves weekly sessions with a short talk as a conversation starter, then we split into small groups for open, honest discussion.


Alpha is a place where no subject is off-limits, no question is too silly, too difficult or too controversial.

We usually serve food and drinks at our Alpha courses (free of charge), but you'll have to do your own catering for the Zoom course!


Please email us if you're interested in signing up to our Alpha course, to let us know you'd like to join the introductory session, or just to find out more.

The growth of Alpha worldwide

The Alpha Course spread during the 1990s, initially in the UK and then internationally, as more and more churches and groups found it a helpful and informal way to discuss questions about the Christian faith.

There are now over 55,000 courses worldwide in 169 countries. Alpha is supported by all the major denominations.

Youth Alpha

Alpha Youth is a series for kids in school years 7+ which explores life, faith and meaning. Each episode looks at a different question around faith, and is designed to create conversation. It is designed for anyone who has questions.

Next Course Being Planned

It's held in the Youth Room in the Crypt at St Paul's Church on Sunday afternoons 4.30pm - 6.00pm. Our first Youth Alpha course was an amazing success with over a dozen young people attending, including a brilliant weekend away at Viney Hall Adventure Centre.

The course is free. (Suggested donation of £30 towards the weekend away, however we would not want finance to prevent anyone from attending)

St Paul's Church

Office: 0117 336 1568

Vicar Rev Nick Hay: 07534 249 338

Curate Rev Jacqui Kean: 07507 851 010

2 Southville Rd,

Bristol BS3 1DG.

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