Got Questions? Alpha is Here

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at 6:30p

Do you want to grow closer to God?
Have you ever had questions about the Christian faith?
Do you want to get to know more people at First UMC Oak Park?
Do you want to better understand your purpose in life?

If you can answer yes to any of those questions, Alpha might be for you.  If you have been on the Christian journey a long time but still have questions, Alpha might be for you.  If you know someone else who might be interested or might benefit, Alpha might be for you.  Afterall, it is easier to invite someone to something that you have first-hand knowledge about.


Alpha is a 9-week topical examination of the Christian faith. There are several great things about Alpha. We eat a meal together, watch a video teaching, and talk about our questions of life in small groups. The meal is provided by the church. This ministry is for adults but let us know if you'd like to attend with kids so that we can plan for childcare.


Our Alpha classes are held on Wednesdays nights at the church. We serve dinner beginning at 6:30pm. Come and meet new friends. Come and eat great food. Come and get back in the game of life and faith with Alpha! We look forward to seeing you there.


Fall Alpha started Sept. 21st.  Too late for the Fall session?  No worries.  A new group will kick off in February.  Looking forward to seeing you then!

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.

Where does Alpha meet?

We will meet at the church in the parlor, a room close to the Superior Street entrance.  When you arrive, please ring the doorbell and let us know you are here if no one is immediately near the door.

What does an Alpha night look like?

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. We start with dinner, because food is a great way to encourage community and get to know each other.

Talk – The teaching talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? 

Conversation – 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. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.  Alpha is a no-judgment zone.

Alpha is all about the Questions

...and we search for answers together each week.

Is there more to life than this?
Who is Jesus?
Why did Jesus die?
How can I have faith?
Why and how do I pray?
Does God heal today?
Why and how should I read the Bible?
How does God guide us?
Who is the Holy Spirit and how can I be filled with it?
How can I resist evil?
Why and how should I tell others?

Why Alpha?

"Great people, food, environment and if you are observant you will see God at work."


"It’s a time to totally focus on what it means to be a Christian and to learn how to be a better Christian"

"A great time away to further your relationship with Christ and getting to know each other"


"If you need a spiritual shot in the arm or a starting off point for new believers this will complete your alpha experience!"

"It was a great experience. The lessons were taught in a casual atmosphere that made learning about Jesus and the Holy Spirit easy and enjoyable. I became acquainted with people at church that I’d never had the opportunity to talk with before. New friendships were formed and old friendships were deepened in our journey to God."