Coming in 2016

Coming in 2016

2016 is shaping up to be Alpha’s biggest year yet. This is the space where we keep you up to date on everything coming your way. Are you ready?

Alpha Film Series

What is the Alpha Film Series?

The Alpha Film Series is a new resource for you to use for running Alpha. It works exactly the same as any other Alpha but, rather than watching a live or recorded talk, this takes your guests on the journey in a documentary-style format.

Featuring stories from all around the world with people from different backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities, the series explores the basics of the Christian faith in a way that everyone can relate to.

Anyone can use the Alpha Film Series to run Alpha. It contains 15 episodes and 2 training videos, each lasting 30 minutes. There is also a 10-minute introduction to the Alpha weekend.

What can you do to get ready?

April 2016: Alpha Film Series Launches

The first 2 episodes of the Film Series will be available to download for free from from the 14 April. Following this, 2 more episodes will be made available every week until they are all online.

April – July 2016: Read the Blogs

If you’re not planning to run Alpha in the summer term, follow the journeys of the people who are running the Alpha Film Series. We’ve got a few churches around the UK who are going to be writing a weekly blog about their experience of using it. You’ll be able to keep up to date with all that’s happening by heading to

August 2016: Register your course

In order to download the Alpha Film Series for free, register your course on Make sure you choose to promote it on so that guests searching for a nearby course can find you!

September – December 2016: Run Alpha

Use the Alpha Film Series to run your Alpha. Run it in exactly the same format as you would any other Alpha:

FOOD – This is a great way to start Alpha and allows your guests to get to know one another

TALK – Watch the Alpha Film Series episode

DISCUSSION – This is where Alpha comes alive and gives guests the opportunity and space to ask questions and discuss their thoughts.

To see what goes on behind the scenes watch the short video below.  


Alpha Invitation

We know that people are far more likely to go on Alpha when they are invited by others. And so this year, Bear Grylls, who is now one of the world’s most well-known and influential public figures is using his position to help churches across the globe invite people to try Alpha. He will be featured on all physical invitation assets and digital assets. We’d love you to be part of this in what could be Alpha’s most exciting year to date. 

What can you do to get ready? 

May 2016: Physical invitation assets are released

  1. Download your posters, postcards and banners from or buy them from
  2. Get your congregation excited and encourage them to start thinking about who they can invite to try Alpha. 

August 2016: Teaser video is released

  1. Play the Bear Grylls teaser video to your church as you prepare for your Alpha launch in the Autumn. 

September 2016: Alpha invitation launches

  1. Watch Bear Gryll's story and share on social media. 
  2. Download digital assets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,Web images) from and share online. 
  3. Create a physical impact: put your Bear banner outside your church and get your congregation to invite guests using the physical invitation assets. 

Our vision is that every person in the UK is invited to #TryAlpha. Will you join us in making this invitation the most far reaching one yet? 


Sponsor a billboard

Every year Alpha purchases outdoor advertising space across cities for two weeks in September as part of the annual Invitation. This year we want to extend this reach even further by inviting churches to gather together and sponsor a billboard, bus route or bus stop. For more information on how your church can get involved email


Win a Bear Banner

Sign up here for your chance to win an Invitation Banner featuring Bear Grylls. 

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Alpha Prayer Live

“God does nothing but in answer to prayer” – John Wesley

Prayer needs to be the foundation of what we do in Alpha as without the power of God Alpha is simply a powerless tool.

Before Alpha launches in churches across the country, we need to pray. Join the nation in a night of live stream prayer on Tuesday 13th September 2016. Email to register your interest.


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Xola's Story

Xola's Story

Xola grew up in a township in South Africa, and with lots of other young men he got involved with gangs, drugs and was eventually arrested.

While in prison, Xola began to realise that he could not live the life that he had previous led.  

Find out more about how Xola came to try Alpha. Learn more about Alpha and how to find one near you

I used to think that God was not for me but for other people
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Emma's Story

Emma's Story

After the death of her beloved sister, Emma was left with a huge emptiness. She began isolating herself from close relationships and the more isolated she became, the more difficult it was to re-engage. One day, her father dared her to try Alpha. She turned around, took a risk and signed up.

Find out what happened to Emma after she tried Alpha. Learn more about Alpha and how to find one near you


Within the space of a day I went from being the youngest child to an only child.
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Richard's Story

Richard's Story

By the age of 25, Richard realised he was going too far. He was losing control.  

He started coming back to church to follow a girl, but realised he may be in need something more.

Find out what happened to Richard after he tried signed up for Alpha. Learn more about Alpha and how to find one near you


The hardest part for me was just showing up the first night.
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More than Mutual // Anna and Emmanuel's Story

More than Mutual // Anna and Emmanuel's Story

From exploring London together to a trip down under for a Grandmother’s blessing, Anna and Emmanuel have been more than mutual friends for 16 years.

“Fireworks went off by chance, although I did tell her it was planned.”

With the pipes in Anna’s family words travels fast, along with recommendations to try out the Marriage Course.

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Every table was looked after… you felt like you were on a date from the moment you walked in.

After experiencing values of speaking out and listening, the Marriage Course has provided them with a new inside lingo.

Listen to their story to find out how trying the Marriage Course led to giving Alpha a go too.

If you would like to attend or run a Marriage Course, click here to find one in your community or local area.