1 SU Bar, 8 Sessions and 40 Students

1 SU Bar, 8 Sessions and 40 Students

Swansea, Wales

Everyone enjoyed the chance to discuss the talks afterwards.

James Creswell is 22 and studies Maths at Swansea University. His CU recently ran Alpha. Here he tells us how SU bars, comfy chairs and lots of pizza add up to a great Alpha…

After an excellent Missions Week with CU, where we reached out to our campus, we started to look at how we could run some ‘follow-up’. We wanted to make sure that those who had just become Christians, and those who were thinking about it, had a place where they could ask questions and people they could ask. We decided that Alpha was the best tool.

We ran Alpha in the coffee shop side of our local Student’s Union bar so that it was a chilled event in a familiar location. We had sofas, tea, coffee, food, and a great atmosphere. We had saved enough money from our Missions Week budget to be able to provide a meal for everyone who came, equalling lots of pizza and happy students! After everyone was fed, we had a talk which lasted around 20-30 minutes followed by a fascinating time of discussion. We ran the sessions twice a week, starting the Monday after Missions Week, which seemed to go down well!

The sessions were great and it was noticeable that everyone enjoyed the chance to discuss afterwards. There was a really good turn out with around thirty to forty people attending, half of whom weren’t Christians. By the end some of these guys had become Christians while some are still searching. 

Even though it was our first time of doing it, we found it really simple and saw some great results! 

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Decoding Alpha // Alex's Story

Decoding Alpha // Alex's Story

Hear from Alex Wood in Portsmouth about his journey from trying Alpha, invited by a housemate to using it as a key tool in church planting.

We wanted to talk to Alex about what his top tips and tricks are, debunking the myths of what is takes to run a successful Alpha.


Who is Alex?

Alex became a Christian on Alpha at HTB in 2007. He’d been living and working in London for a few years after graduating from university and a friend invited him to Try Alpha. He went along expecting to disprove christianity but experienced quite the opposite.



After being selected to train for ordination in the church of England, Alex moved to Brighton where he worked at St Peter’s, and studied at St Mellitus College in London. After five years at St Peter's he and his wife, Liz, relocated to Portsmouth with their two daughters to start a brand new church plant named Harbour Church.



Based in the heart of the city, Harbour Church is located in an old department store on the High Street. They run a social enterprise coffee shop on the ground level whilst the church is spread over the three floors above. 

Alina's Story

Alina's Story

Alina's experience of Alpha and how it played a part in her journey of faith.