What to expect

A typical Alpha

Alpha runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes —you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but they generally have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.


First up there’s… Food

Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch-up over coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. We start with food, because it’s a great way to encourage community and get to know each other.


Then a…Talk

The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Generally thirty minutes long, they will be  played as a video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus and How can we have faith? 


Followed by…Discussion

Probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything. And there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.


Never done a Bible Study? Think you need to know the Bible in
order to participate? 

Are you looking for a new Bible Study?
A first Bible Study?

Then ALPHA is for you!

Promo Video 1: 01/28/2018  —  ‘Try Alpha’

If you missed this week’s video, you can view the video here:

Register here: Alpha at FPCP

Days Alpha is being offered Fall 2018:

  • Sunday Evenings (6:00 – 8:00 p.m. coed)
  • Tuesday Evenings (7:00 – 9:00 p.m. coed)
  • Wednesday Mornings (9:30 – 11:30 a.m. women’s)
  • Saturday Mornings (7:30 – 9:00 a.m. men’s)

Call the church office for questions or for sign up information 734-453-6464 x115.

Do I have to talk and share my thoughts?

No. You may remain silent the entire time if you wish.

How long is an Alpha session?

Sessions last 2 hours. They go by quickly. We start on time and always end on time.

How much does Alpha cost?

Alpha is free! 

I am coming and will not know anybody else. Is that normal?

Yes. Most people come to Alpha without knowing anybody else in the course. By the end of the course, most people become good friends. Alpha is a great way to meet new people.

Can I just “come and see” for the first week?

Yes. Just register to let us know you’re coming (so we have enough food prepared for you).

What if I go for a week or two and don’t want to continue?

If you don’t want to continue after a week or two, no worries. We will not call you or bother you if you don’t come back.

Is childcare available?

Yes, on Wednesday mornings (women’s group) and it’s free. Just indicate that you need childcare and the ages of your children on the registration form. We will contact you about details.

I have more questions. Who do I contact?

Questions can be directed to Julie Thompson, FPCP Alpha Coordinator.