Alpha Harrogate

About Alpha

What is Alpha?

Alpha is one of the best ways of exploring life’s biggest questions. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Each Alpha evening begins with a free meal and the opportunity to get to know others on your table. Next, there’s a thought-provoking talk on a different aspect of the Christian faith followed by time for discussion with others on your table. This is your chance to ask your questions and help each other to discover some answers. No question is too simple or too feisty at Alpha.

Who is Alpha For

Who is Alpha for?

Over 2.5 million people in the UK have done Alpha, and over 27 million worldwide. It is primarily designed for people who wouldn’t normally go to church, but is open to anyone who wants to explore some of life’s biggest questions. People do Alpha for a variety of reasons - some are interested in whether God exists, others have attended church in the past but feel they have never understood the basics. Alpha is a no-pressure course, which means we won’t chase you up if you decide not to come back. So come along and see if it’s for you!

Churches Working Together



We are a family of different people United in ONE HOPE and Sharing ONE HEART for the nations.


Building a community of God’s people to love and to serve.


Our vision as a church is to release communities of followers in the mission of Jesus.

St Peter's

Feeding hungry people ... hungry for food, for justice, for belonging, for purpose, for God.

St Mark's

We seek to share the most beautiful hope and love there is. We seek to inspire each other to love and follow Jesus Christ...everywhere, in everything. We seek to see God's kingdom come.

Life Destiny Church

Church is God’s plan… to turn you into a world changer. We believe that God has a purpose and destiny for your life; and we would like to help you discover it.

St Andrew's

At the heart of Starbeck is St Andrew's Church. We aim to love God with all we have and to love others. To grow in faith, grow as disciples and grow new disciples.


The Vineyard Church in Harrogate - loving people, loving God. All welcome, come as you are.


Demonstrating the love of God through signs, wonders and miracles


Loving God, Loving People

Calvary Chapel Harrogate

We believe the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ's Agape love, which is greater than any differences we possess and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.

A Standard Alpha Evening



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.



The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long and delivered over about eleven weeks, they can be given as a live talk or played as a video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions from Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? to Why and how do I pray? and How does God guide us?



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.

Upcoming Alpha Courses


St Peter's

Starts on 10th January 2018 6-8pm
St Peter's Church
Cambridge Street, Harrogate HG1 1RW

St Andrew's

Starts on 29th January 2018
8 weeks with the film series and a Saturday away day
Venue is The Welcome Centre, St Andrew's Church
High Street Starbeck HG2 7JE.



Mowbray Community Church

Starts on 21st March 2018
10 week course 7pm - 9pm
Mowbray Community Church - HG1 5AT
Please contact Pete Ingham on 07768753691 for more information.



Joint Churches

Starts on 11th October 2018

Please contact Pete Ingham on 07768753691 for more information.



Richard, USA

By the age of 25, Richard realised he was going too far. He was losing control. He started coming back to church to follow a girl and he realised he needed something more, so he signed up for Alpha. Find out what happened to Richard after he tried Alpha.

Beth, Wales

Alpha is a great oppertunity to find out more about the Christian faith. Have you tried alpha? Beth's youth was filled with worry about fitting in. She stopped her doing a lot of the things she enjoyed for fear they would be seen as uncool. Then one day, a friend invited her to try Alpha. This friend had everything Beth wanted: security, identity and acceptance. Find out what happened to Beth after she tried Alpha.

Got questions about life?

The story so far

Millions of people have tried Alpha, all around the world, and it's been translated into 112 different languages.

Developed as a short course at HTB in London, in 1990 Nicky Gumbel took over running Alpha and found that many people outside of the church wanted to explore the Christian faith.

Alpha now runs in every part of the global church, including the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and all mainline Protestant denominations.

I am interested in hearing more...

Simply enter your email address and a member of our team will contact you with more information.
*Your email address will not be passed to any third parties and will be used soley for the purpose of contacting you about the next Alpha course.