Have you ever wondered about the meaning of life? Have you ever asked if there is more to life than this? If so we would love to invite you to join us at an Alpha course.

What is Alpha?

The Alpha Course is your opportunity to come along and talk about the meaning of life. The course invites people to ask and discuss life’s big questions… What about suffering? Who is this Jesus? Can we trust the Bible?

Alpha offers space away from life’s busy and often very hectic schedule to think about the things that really matter, and one of the great things about it is that no-one is ever put under any pressure. People are free to agree or to disagree.

We’ll meet in The Hub at the front of Testwood Baptist Church for soup & dessert first, followed by a presentation & then discussed in small groups.

Please let us know if you are interested in attending the next Alpha course commencing Tuesday 3rd May 2022 – please email us at

Frequently Asked Questions

The Alpha Course run at Testwood Baptist Church is open to anyone; however those under 15 may struggle with the content. You don’t have to go to church or have any religious background. If you want to think about why you are here and wonder whether Christianity has anything to answer life’s big questions, then Alpha is for you.

The pattern for a usual evening (pre COVID-19) is to start with some home made soup and a desert and then someone will give a talk focusing on a specific subject. Due to COVID-19 our course is now run virtually (so we won’t be able to provide the soup and desert I’m afraid).

Following a short break, people break up into groups (these stay the same throughout the course) and discuss what they’ve heard over a cup of coffee.

Attendees are free to ask whatever they wish; no question will be ignored.

The evening will end at a set time; however those who wish to continue their discussions afterwards are welcome to do so.

Before signing up to the full Alpha Course, you are very welcome to join us at an Alpha Supper. At this event we will interview a couple of people who have been through the course before, and then give an explanation as to how the course is run. There will be an opportunity at this event to sign up to the course, or of course you will be very welcome to say that it is not for you, there is no pressure to sign up to anything.

The Alpha Course lasts for 10 weeks, and runs on Tuesday evenings.

There is no charge for the Alpha Course, it is completely financed by Testwood Baptist Church. Those volunteers who help throughout the course, whether setting up, catering, serving or clearing up, are all from the church.

“Very interesting & thought provoking.”

“I may follow this up at some stage.”

“Excellent food, interesting talks and good company! I have very much enjoyed Tuesday evenings, thank you so much!”

“I look forward to the follow on course.”

It’s up to you what happens next. Some people have linked in to the church, others haven’t. Some feel they’ve had their questions answered, some still have questions and want to keep searching. Some people want to keep meeting as a group, others have linked in to one of the other small groups run by the church. What nearly everybody has in common however, is that Alpha has been an incredibly positive experience for them.

Alpha Testimonies