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.

When is Alpha running?

We are running our next Alpha course jointly with St Aldhelm's church in Chessel Street. For news about our Youth Alpha course, jump to the bottom of the page.

introductory supper 22 sept 5pm-7pm at st aldhelm's

We usually have an Alpha course each year - each course runs for seven weeks. You can come to the introductory supper to find out more before you commit to the whole course, and drop out at any time. To join our next Alpha course, or ask a question, use the 'join now' button below.

What does the course involve?

Our Alpha course this year is running on Sundays 4.30-6.30pm at St Aldhelm's in the Chessels between 6th October and 17th November. 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.

Food and drinks are served (free of charge). 


Please email us if you're interested in signing up to our Alpha course, to let us know you'd like to come to the introductory supper, 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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