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“The most precious gift you can give someone is the gift of your time and attention.”

Nicky Gumbel


Alpha offers a safe space, between the church and culture, for people to explore, be heard and for honest conversation. Whether in person or online. In a large group or with few people. By the grace of God, we've seen Alpha work in ways we didn't even know possible.

Our goal is for every person across South Carolina, to have an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in a no pressure, welcoming environment, close to where they live or work.

We exist to serve you.​

  • Are you interested in exploring questions about life and faith? 

  • Are you wondering what it might take to launch your own Alpha Course?

  • Looking to improve your course?

  • Want to connect with others currently running Alpha?

We can help! Contact margaretcotton@alphausa.org 

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven 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 is welcome. Alpha runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes —you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but they generally all have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

A message from Margaret Cotton,
Director of Alpha South Carolina

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE MINISTRY –
AS A MONTHLY PARTNER IN FAITH OR TO MAKE A GENERAL DONATION:

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. Most sessions start with food, because it’s a great way to build community and get to know each other.

Talk

The talks are designed to engage guests and inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long, they can be given as a live talk or played as a video, all for free. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can I have faith?

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 (seriously). It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.