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What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of conversations about faith and the things we question in life: "Why is life so hard?" "Can my life have a greater meaning?" "Where do I belong?" "Will I ever be happy?" If you're looking for a judgment-free space to connect with new people, discover new perspectives, process questions around faith, and have conversation about real things, this is the place for you. Each week a short creative film is shown on topics like, "Who is Jesus?" and "Why and how can I pray?" to "Who is the Holy Spirit" and "How does God guide?" followed by small group discussion where you can bring your perspective, even if it clashes with that of the film. You can truly ask anything and discuss everything at Alpha.

Alpha gatherings occur in community spaces around the city and online in the fall, winter, and spring. You can find more information and register for one of the next gatherings below. See you at Alpha!

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1/12/23 1:00 pm
Alpha at Pickfair Sq - Pickerington (Thursdays)
310 Jericho Rd, Pickerington, OH 43147
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2/1/23 7:00 pm
Alpha en Español (Wednesdays)
777 Goodale Blvd, Grandview Heights, OH 43212
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2/2/23 7:30 pm
Alpha at COhatch Gateway - OSU (Thursdays)
1581 North High Street Columbus, OH 43201
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Wheelchair Accessible
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2/10/23 11:45 am
Alpha at ESL - Vineyard Community Center (Fridays)
6000 Cooper Road Westerville, OH 43081
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2/14/23 7:00 pm
Alpha at COhatch Easton (Tuesdays)
4182 Worth Avenue #Space #l-115 Columbus, OH 43219
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2/15/23 7:30 pm
Alpha Online (Wednesdays)
Online
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2/21/23 7:00 pm
Alpha at Vineyard Community Center (Tuesdays)
6000 Cooper Road Westerville, OH 43081
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What to Expect

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  • 1. CONNECTION

    Connecting with others is what we were made for. All sessions start with a time to connect over food (if in-person), eliminating awkwardness and creating space for important conversations.

  • 2. CONTENT

    Small films with big ideas: Each evening features a 25-minute film designed to inspire more questions than provide answers. These short films explore the big issues around faith, and guests from any background can unpack the basics of Christian faith. Bring your questions, you’ll find you’re not alone. 

  • 3. CONVERSATION

    Discuss the questions that matter to you: After the film discussion in small groups is where you can share your thoughts and hear from others. Those who attend Alpha share that their small group discussions are hands-down the best part of the experience. The goal is conversation, not consensus.

What People Are Saying

“I have never felt more accepted and loved than I did in Alpha. It was like I found hope again in my life.”

Kaylee

“One of the best experiences of my life. When I joined Alpha, I wasn’t sure what it was but what I found was special. I loved the videos, the small groups, and the laughter that bound it all together.”

Alex

I’m a Christian, and I’m also a seeker. I will never stop asking questions and thinking deeply. Alpha is a place where I know that I’m loved, where I can explore with others, and not be judged.”

Brooke

"I was raised to believe that only certain believers were condoned by God. The entry gates to heaven were mostly locked. I was never able to accept the exclusivity of this faith. The discussion facilitated on Alpha enabled everyone to express their ideas and doubts and ask their questions. I appreciated that.”

Libby
"I have never felt more accepted and loved than I did in Alpha. It was like I found hope again in my life."

-Kaylee
“One of the best experiences of my life. When I joined Alpha, I wasn’t sure what it was but what I found was special. I loved the videos, the small groups, and the laughter that bound it all together.”

-Alex
"I’m a Christian, and I’m also a seeker. I will never stop asking questions and thinking deeply. Alpha is a place where I know that I’m loved, where I can explore with others, and not be judged."

-Brooke
"I was raised to believe that only certain believers were condoned by God. The entry gates to heaven were mostly locked. I was never able to accept the exclusivity of this faith. The discussion facilitated on Alpha enabled everyone to express their ideas and doubts and ask their questions. I appreciated that."

-Libby

FAQs

WHO IS ALPHA FOR?

Alpha is for everyone who is willing to have an honest conversation. No matter your background, history, or beliefs. You are welcome.

WHAT HAPPENS AT ALPHA?

Whether in person or online, each Alpha offers a time of connection to build relationships (in-person that is often over food), a short film is presented, and then space for conversation about the content of each film. In that discussion, you can share what you think—as much or as little as you want—and nothing is off limits.

HOW MUCH DOES ALPHA COST?

Alpha is free!

HOW LONG DOES ALPHA LAST?

Alpha is a series of eight to ten sessions (depending on the location), each week generally lasting one and half to two hours. Alphas run in the fall, winter, and spring each year. Check the specific Alpha gathering you’re attending for the exact date/time/duration. You are welcome to give it a try one week to see if it’s a fit for you. There’s no pressure to return. You can always invite someone along with you as well!

IS ALPHA FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS?

Though we are not hosting an Alpha specifically for MS/HS students this winter 2023, you are welcome to attend one of the other locations or you're welcome at Vineyard Columbus Student Night on Sunday nights - get in contact with Student Night staff: https://vineyardcolumbus.org/vc-students

WHAT KIND OF ORGANIZATION IS ALPHA?

Alpha was started by a London church called Holy Trinity Brompton in 1990 to create space for others to process faith. It was developed to allow people with various perspectives to come together to talk about life's big questions, as well as unpack the basics of Christian faith.Since then, it has become an international organization. Millions have now experienced Alpha in over 100 countries and over 100 languages around the globe. Alpha runs everywhere from coffee shops to prisons. Learn more about Alpha USA at - https://alphausa.org

WHO DO I TALK TO IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

If you would like to contact us with questions or process what kind of Alpha you’d like to be a part of, please email us at Alpha@VineyardColumbus.org or call 614-259-5548.