Invitation to Alpha

    Making disciples
    26 August 2016

    Backpack with map and compass

    The church is a place of invitation for people to come and see who Jesus is. In order to reach our local communities, we need to be the ones reaching out.

    On 1 September 2016, churches all around the world will invite their communities to explore life, faith and God at Alpha.

    Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over 11 weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe and everyone’s welcome.

    It is estimated that 29 million people have now tried Alpha in 169 countries. Alpha is free and open to everyone.

    Churches in the Diocese of Bristol are joining in the first ever global Alpha advertising campaign this year. It features world-renowned TV adventurer, Bear Grylls, and his greatest adventure — finding a simple faith in God through Alpha. Our aim is for people to be impacted by Bear’s story and be persuaded to try Alpha themselves.

    Before we even begin to run Alpha, we need to ask God to be at the very heart of what we do. On Tuesday 13 September, we are going to be holding a night of live stream prayer. The vision is to see hundreds of churches across the UK collectively pray for their local communities in their local communities. More details of how you can watch this will be available nearer the time.

    The prayer as we launch this invitation is that 1 billion people across the globe are invited to try Alpha.

    Invitation materials for Alpha include postcards, posters, banners, digital media, a radio ad and a campaign video; these are all available for churches to use from the Alpha website. The designs are based around Bear Grylls and his challenge to #TryAlpha. For further information, visit