Alpha is for Anyone

Alpha is for Anyone

It gave me the sense that everyone can be included.

Bible Society, Uganda

Simon Peter Mukhama, General Secretary and CEO of the Bible Society of Uganda, was introduced to Alpha through his church.

After participating in the course, Simon Peter developed a deep love for Alpha and began running Alpha in various contexts, beginning with his church, and would eventually pursue his love for Alpha through the Bible Society.

Proudly holding up the most recent edition of ‘Light’, the Bible Society of Uganda’s Newsletter, which read, ‘Twelve Blind University Students Graduate from Alpha’

Simon Peter’s passion for everyone to have the opportunity to do Alpha became clear quite quickly.

In March 2014, St. Francis Chapel at Makerere University was running Alpha for a number of students that had come from the university.

However, with 12 blind students present in the group they wanted to do everything they could to make everyone feel included. Realising that splitting the group apart wasn’t an option, with the help of the Bible Association they went above and beyond by interpreting the entire Alpha workbook into braille. Simon Peter described it as a ‘great joy’ to see the blind able to work through the course for 8 weeks with the other students.

Simon Peter recounts that on graduation day they expressed that, ‘they felt valued and loved by God’.

In large part due to the fact that they felt like they were a part of things and had equal access to the information, rather than being given what others had already read and taken. ‘It gave me the sense that everyone can be included’, says Simon Peter.

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Philip's Story

Philip's Story

Lagos, Nigeria

Running Alpha opened my eyes to see the beauty of fellowship over food. It helped me see the importance of sharing our Christian faith & giving people the opportunity to express their opinions.

A friend introduced Philip to Alpha. He decided to run Alpha for his college friends. 

He says, "One of the things which influenced my decision was my desire to see fellow youths draw closer to Christ. I wanted to create a space where we could come together to explore the Christian faith. I wanted to see our discussion progress from civil engineering, football and girls to faith in God. Thus, I decided to run Alpha together with some of my course mates in school."

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Emma's Story

Emma's Story


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

After the death of her 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.

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Xola's Story

Xola's Story

I used to think that God was not for me but for other people

Xola grew up in a Samora, a township in Cape Town, South Africa. With other young men from his community, he got involved with gangs, drugs and was eventually arrested.

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

Find out more about how he came to try Alpha and what’s he’s been doing each day since then to transform his township community.

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Everywhere, Everyday

We all explore. Every day. In small ways, and in big.

Millions of people across the world have explored life, faith and meaning on Alpha. 


What is Alpha?

Alpha is an opportunity for anyone, anywhere, to freely explore their unique questions about life, faith and God. It is a series of interactive sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Alpha is run all around the globe, in cafés, churches, schools, universities, homes, prisons – you name it.

The sessions usually have three key elements: 

Whether around a kitchen table, or a quick catch up over coffee and cake, food is a great way to build community and it's a priority for every Alpha.

The talks, delivered live or as a film, are designed to engage and inspire conversation, exploring the big issues around faith and unpacking the basics of Christianity. Watch a talk >

The chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic in an honest, friendly and open environment. There’s no obligation to say anything and there’s nothing you can’t say (seriously).

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