Alpha Course

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Why do an Alpha Course?

Guests do Alpha for a wide variety of reasons – some want to investigate whether God exists; others are concerned about what happens after death. Some people have particular questions that they would like to discuss; others want to understand other peoples’ beliefs or would like to explore what the purpose of life is.

Many guests have never been to church, others may have attended church occasionally but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian Faith.

We will be running two Alpha courses in 2024 on Wednesday evenings. The first Alpha course details are as follows:

Start Date: 07 February 2024

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Location: Conradie Park Hall, Pinelands

Sign-up here.

Alpha courses are based around small groups of 8-10 people, hosted by a leader or two who will facilitate and encourage discussion.

You've got about 613,200 hours left. Why not invest less than 24 in what could be your greatest adventure?


Alpha Course weekly format


The whole Alpha course lasts 9-11 weeks, with a day away in the middle. Each session includes a meal at the start, a time for people to get to know others at their table. There is a short film with prompts for discussion. Everyone is welcome to bring their questions and discuss with the rest of the group. The emphasis is upon exploration and discovery in a relaxed and informal environment.

There is no charge for attending the Alpha course, it is run on a donation-basis. If you would like to contribute towards the food costs – meals cost between R50-R75pp. Giving details can be found hereRef: Alpha2023



Course content


Week 1: Is there more to life than this?
Week 2: Who is Jesus?
Week 3: Why did Jesus die?
Week 4: How can we have faith?
Week 5: Why and how do I pray?
Week 6: Why and how should I read the Bible?
Week 7: How does God guide us?
Week 8: How can I resist evil?
Week 9: Why and how should I tell others?
Week 10: Does God heal today?
Week 11: What about the Church?



The day away topics are:


  • Who is the Holy Spirit?
  • What does the Holy Spirit do?
  • How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?
  • How can I make the most of the rest of my life?


Ministry leader


Jonathan Miller

Elder, Alpha Course
Jono is married to Taryn and they have three kids. Aside from being part of our music teams and collective of cycling enthusiasts, Jono loves seeing people be inspired and find community whilst wrestling with life’s big questions.

Church Resources

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