Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus die? Why and how to read the bible? Why and how to pray? How can we have faith? Who is the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit do? How to be filled with the Holy Spirit? Does God heal today? How can I resist the devil? What about church? These are some of the burning questions which are raised on Alpha.
Alpha was first developed in the Anglican church of Holy Trinity, Brompton in London and is now run all round the world in many languages and in different locations, whether in churches, universities, homes, cafes – you name it. Everyone is welcome to Alpha. Rev Nicky Gumbel has been the key figure spearheading the development of Alpha around the world.
In general, there are three key things in Alpha: food, a talk and good conversation around a table.
Over the years a number of products have been developed around Alpha in response to the needs of various segments of the population. Apart from Alpha Classic, we now have Youth Alpha, Student Alpha, Prison Alpha, the Marriage course, Marriage preparation course, parenting for children, parenting for teenagers, Alpha in the work place, Alpha for the armed forces, Alpha for ex offenders, Worship Central, Alpha Prayer.
Alpha has been running in Mauritius in several churches, including the Anglican and the Roman Catholic churches, over the last few years.
A National Alpha Office has been set up in Mauritius and is registered as an Association under the name of ‘Alpha Ministries’. Its Chairman is Bishop Ian Ernest, the secretary is Francois law Min. Rev Eric Ma Fat is the National Alpha Director for Mauritius. The Alpha Office is located on the premises of St Paul’s Anglican church in Plaine Verte, Port Louis and is run by Mrs Chin Chin Li Youn Fong ; Tel: 2421119.