What is the Alpha Course?

Alpha is for anyone who wants to explore faith, life and meaning.

The course runs over ten weeks. Each evening features refreshments, followed by a short talk and then discussion in small groups. It's the ideal opportunity to explore the Christian faith.

Our next Alpha course starts Wednesday 10th October from 7.30 to 9.30pm.

Find out more about the course and watch peoples video stories on our Alpha Page.

Podcast: The Mission of Jesus: Ministry - Rob Scott Cook (7pm)

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Oct 7th, The Mission of Jesus: Ministry - Rob Scott Cook (Acts 26:17-18). Paul the Apostle shares his testimony several times in the book of Acts. In Acts 26 he is speaking to some very powerful people but shares his direct experience of Jesus and the commission he has been given. The clarity of that commission is challenging. How would you describe Paul’s commission? Was it unique for Paul or for all Christians for all time? Download the discussion notes.

Oct 7th, The Mission of Jesus: Ministry - Rob Scott Cook (7pm)

Oct 7th, The Mission of Jesus: Ministry - Rob Scott Cook (Acts 26:17-18). Paul the Apostle shares his testimony several times in the book of Acts. In Acts 26 he is speaking to some very powerful people but shares his direct experience of Jesus and the commission he has been given. The clarity of that commission is challenging. How would you describe Paul’s commission? Was it unique for Paul or for all Christians for all time? Download the discussion notes.

AM Series: Centre Church

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Sept 2nd, Centre Church: Worship Centre - David Mitchell (Matthew 4:10, John 4:23,Romans 12:1) This September we are reflecting on our call and purpose. What is Woodlands Church called to be? We are a local Church, but also a gathered Church and part of a city movement. It can be challenging to relate to a large Church and feel our place in it; a clarity of vision and purpose can help us. Download Discussion notes


Sept 9th, Centre Church: Community Centre - Nigel Savage (John 13:34-35). This September we are reflecting on our call and purpose. What is Woodlands Church called to be? We are a local Church, but also a gathered Church and part of a city movement. It can be challenging to relate to a large Church and feel our place in it; a clarity of vision and purpose can help us. Download Discussion notes


Sept 16th, Centre Church: Outreach Centre - Rob Scott Cook (Matthew 5:14-16. Luke 10:2-12). This September we are reflecting on our call and purpose. What is Woodlands Church called to be? We are a local Church, but also a gathered Church and part of a city movement. It can be challenging to relate to a large Church and feel our place in it; a clarity of vision and purpose can help us. Download Discussion notes


Sept 23rd, Centre Church: Wholeness Centre - Clare Thompson (1 Thessalonians 5:23 Luke 17:19). This September we are reflecting on our call and purpose. What is Woodlands Church called to be? We are a local Church, but also a gathered Church and part of a city movement. It can be challenging to relate to a large Church and feel our place in it; a clarity of vision and purpose can help us. Download Discussion notes


Sept 30th, Centre Church: New Seasons - David Mitchell (Psalm 1. Ephesians). In Psalm 1 the Psalmists talks about ‘walking’ ‘standing’ and ‘sitting’ with groups of people that the psalmist sees as ‘bad news’. In contrast Ephesians has a ‘Sit, Walk, Stand’ pattern as the book unfolds. What can we learn from these two contrasting scriptures as we review the seasons of life? Download Discussion notes


7pm Series: Learning from Learners

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Sept 2nd, Learning from Learners: Naomi, Learning through hardship - Rachel Riddal. What did those that were there - or those that have caught up online - take away from it? What encouraged them, what informed them and what challenged them? Spend some time discussing the response to the message and the issues that it raised. Download Discussion notes


Sept 9th, Learning the supernatural: Elisha - Rob Scott Cook (1 Kings 19:19-21; 2 Kings 2:1-15; 2 Kings 2:19-22) What did those that were there - or those that have caught up online - take away from it? What encouraged them, what informed them and what challenged them? Download Discussion notes


Sept 16th, Learning through faithfulness: Daniel - David Mitchell (Daniel 1; Daniel 6). What did those that were there - or those that have caught up online - take away from it? What encouraged them, what informed them and what challenged them? Download Discussion notes


Sept 23rd. Learning Through Mistakes: Peter - Jon Wilcox (Luke 22:31-34, :54-62; John 21:1-19) What did those that were there - or those that have caught up online - take away from it? What encouraged them, what informed them and what challenged them? Download Discussion notes


Sept 30th, Learning through mentoring: Timothy - Clare Thompson (Acts 16:1-5, Philippians 2:19-22; 1 Timothy 4:7-16, 2 Timothy 1:3-7) Start off with feedback from Sunday's message. What did those that were there - or those that have caught up online - take away from it? What encouraged them, what informed them and what challenged them? Download Discussion notes


Learning from Learners: Timothy - Learning Through Mentoring - Clare Thompson

September 30th 2018. Timothy. Learning through mentoring. (Acts 16:1-5, Philippians 2:19-22; 1 Timothy 4:7-16, 2 Timothy 1:3-7) Start off with feedback from Sunday's message. What did those that were there - or those that have caught up online - take away from it? What encouraged them, what informed them and what challenged them? Spend some time discussing the response to the message and the issues that it raised. Download Discussion notes

Centre Church: New Seasons - David Mitchell

September 30th 2018. Centre Church: New Seasons (Psalm 1. Ephesians). In Psalm 1 the Psalmists talks about ‘walking’ ‘standing’ and ‘sitting’ with groups of people that the psalmist sees as ‘bad news’. In contrast Ephesians has a ‘Sit, Walk, Stand’ pattern as the book unfolds. What can we learn from these two contrasting scriptures as we review the seasons of life? Download Discussion notes

Learning from Learners: Timothy - Learning Through Mentoring - Clare Thompson (7pm Podcast)

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September 30th 2018. Timothy. Learning through mentoring. (Acts 16:1-5, Philippians 2:19-22; 1 Timothy 4:7-16, 2 Timothy 1:3-7) Start off with feedback from Sunday's message. What did those that were there - or those that have caught up online - take away from it? What encouraged them, what informed them and what challenged them? Spend some time discussing the response to the message and the issues that it raised. Download Discussion notes

Centre Church: New Seasons - David Mitchell (am Podcast)

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September 30th 2018. Centre Church: New Seasons (Psalm 1. Ephesians). In Psalm 1 the Psalmists talks about ‘walking’ ‘standing’ and ‘sitting’ with groups of people that the psalmist sees as ‘bad news’. In contrast Ephesians has a ‘Sit, Walk, Stand’ pattern as the book unfolds. What can we learn from these two contrasting scriptures as we review the seasons of life? Download Discussion notes