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 alpha.org/run 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 alpha.org/uk.
August 2016: Register your course
In order to download the Alpha Film Series for free, register your course on alpha.org/run. Make sure you choose to promote it on alpha.org/try 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.
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
- Download your posters, postcards and banners from alpha.org/run or buy them from alphaprintshop.org.
- Get your congregation excited and encourage them to start thinking about who they can invite to try Alpha.
August 2016: Teaser video is released
- Play the Bear Grylls teaser video to your church as you prepare for your Alpha launch in the Autumn.
September 2016: Alpha invitation launches
- Watch Bear Gryll's story and share on social media.
- Download digital assets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,Web images) from alpha.org/run and share online.
- 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 email@example.com.
Win a Bear Banner
Sign up here for your chance to win an Invitation Banner featuring Bear Grylls.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.