EVERYONE HAS QUESTIONS
We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view - wherever they are in the world.
MEET BEAR GRILLS
“Finding a simple faith that empowers my life? To me that’s been my greatest adventure.”
Watch the latest Alpha film series
Bear Grylls has become known as the face of adventure and outdoor survival. He has climbed Mount Everest, ventured to the depths of Antarctica and completed the first unassisted crossing of the north Atlantic Arctic Ocean. Bear is currently the youngest ever Chief Scout to the UK Scout Association and is an honorary Colonel to the notoriously tough Royal Marines Commandos.
His TV show, Man vs. Wild, was the number one ranked reality show in the US last year (2015). In his current adventure TV show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Bear goes on a two-day trip into the wilderness with celebrities such as Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet, and President Obama. The six-episode series Mission Survive was distributed to 150 countries, including Canada, Australia, Latin America, Europe and Hong Kong.
With 1.5 billion viewers worldwide, he is recognised from New York to New Delhi, and his fastest growing market is now China. Bear has recently signed on with Dragon TV, one of the top TV stations in China, for an adventure show, Survivor Games. It was aired last autumn and was ranked in the top five most watched shows in China. He’s also authored six best-selling books, including Mud, Sweat and Tears.
Bear is passionate about Alpha and, having been a guest on Alpha himself, knows how God can impact each person in attendance.
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. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes – you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.
First up there's 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.
Then a TALK
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long, 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?
Followed by 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.
My Greatest Adventure
We invite you to explore faith; at the heart of this is adventurer Bear Grylls.
Alpha Starts 19 July, 2017
Would you like to experience Alpha for yourself? Pendle Hill Baptist Church is running Alpha over 11 weeks, one night per week, starting in July. It is free to attend, meals are provided for free and everybody's opinions are welcome. Please fill out your email if you are interested.