Alpha for Youth

What is it?

Alpha for Youth is an adaptation of the Alpha course, specifically for youth and younger people. The Alpha course gives people an opportunity to explore the meaning of life and the Christian faith.

 

Alpha for Youth is presented in a way that makes it more appealing to young people. There are four key elements that should form the basis of every Alpha for Youth course: Food, fun, the talk, and small groups.

 

Alpha for Youth is now running across the globe, from Uganda to United Kingdom, from Singapore to Spain, and from Argentina to Australia.

 

The course is being use in all major denominations and in many different contexts; in schools, confirmation classes, young offenders institutions, youth groups, youth clubs, sports clubs, and cafes.

What are the Talk Topics?

Introductory Session - Is there more to Life than this?
Session 1 - Who is Jesus?
Session 2 - Why Did Jesus Die?
Session 3 - How Can I Have Faith?
Session 4 - Why and How do I Pray?
Session 5 - Why and How Should I Read the Bible?
Session 6 - How Does God Guide Us?

 

Youth Alpha Weekend / Day Away

 

Weekend Session 1 - Who is the Holy Spirit?
Weekend Session 2 - What does the Holy Spirit do?
Weekend Session 3 - How can I be Filled with the Holy Spirit?
Weekend Session 4 - How Can I Make the Most of the Rest of My Life?

 

Session 7 - How Can I Resist Evil?
Session 8 - Why and How Should I Tell Others?
Session 9 - Does God Heal Today?
Session 10 - What about the Church?

Video Testimonies

How do I start?

1. Pray

If you are inspired to run Youth Alpha in your school, youth group or church, please take some time to commit your hopes to God in prayer. Ask Him to bless your course, and to gather like-minded people who will be able to prepare the course alongside you.

 

2. Gather your team

This is absolutely key to the success of your Youth Alpha course. These are the people who will have contact every week with the young people who come along.

 

3. Contact your Youth Alpha Adviser

We have established a support network of Youth Alpha Advisers to help you both set up and sustain your Youth Alpha course. Each adviser has experience running Youth Alpha courses, and you can find their contact details here.

 

4. Get trained

Youth Alpha Team Training events are designed to train and equip you and your team to run Youth Alpha. Team Training covers the principles and practicalities of Youth Alpha, including leading small groups, pastoral care, kingdom values, planning, and how to pray for others.

 

5. Set your dates

We have found it best to run three Youth Alpha courses a year. Therefore, when setting dates you will need to work to fit your courses between key calendar dates like Christmas, Easter, and the school terms. Ideally you will choose a day of the week for the course that is not impacted by public holidays.

 

6. Choose a venue

You will need to select a site for the weekly sessions, based on the anticipated size of the course. As a general rule, the more relaxed the setting, the better. 

 

7. Register your course

Please remember to register your course. Of course, there is nothing stopping you from running Youth Alpha without registering. But if you register then we can advertise your course on Facebook, on our website, and to our network so that there is more opportunity for seekers to find out about your course.

 

8. Promote your course to your church members

You will find most people attend Youth Alpha because they have been invited by a friend. Therefore your church is the best advertisement for Youth Alpha course.

 

9. Promote your course outside

It is important to promote your Youth Alpha, so that guests come from outside the church! There are many ways that you can promote your course.

 

10. Assign registered guests to small groups

Carefully assigning young people to groups has the potential to help them get more out of the course, and to help your course run more smoothly. Here are some important points to think through.

 

11. Prepare for your weekend away

The Youth Alpha Weekend or Day Away is one of the most important parts of Youth Alpha. Even if you arent able to run a whole weekend, covering the Holy Spirit material is vital to the succiess of the course.

 

12. Download and Buy your resources

We recommend that you buy a number of key resources to run Youth Alpha.

 

13. Course begins!!

Woohooo! Congratulations on starting your Youth Alpha course. You will have some great emotional highs and lows as you make your course happen. Trust in God. We are praying for you, and know that whatever you do, it's not in vain.

 

14. Ongoing Reading

Throughout the course your course hosts and helpers may desire to read up further on each topic of the course, so that they can be better prepared to interact with group members.

 

15. Start another Youth Alpha course or a follow-up course

We recommend that you run three Youth Alpha courses a year if possible. You may also want to schedule your year so that you alternate between Youth Alpha and another course like Life Worth Living, Challenging Lifestyle or something else that you have found that works well.