Alpha at South Barrington

A place to ask big questions about life and begin your greatest adventure. Join us at Alpha. 

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Alpha is a series of gatherings where people can explore the big questions of life. 

Willow offers Alpha at our churches and in cafés, homes, and bars. Each Alpha gathering explores a different question around faith—and is designed to create great conversation.

Mike Lo's life was transformed through Alpha. Watch his story here.


Sign up for the next Alpha Course here.

It starts with food

Whether it's a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch-up over coffee, food has a way of bringing people together. It's no different at Alpha. Most sessions start with food because it's a great way to build community and get to know each other.

Then there's a short talk

The talks cover different aspects of faith, and are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long, Alpha talks are delivered by a Willow teacher or via video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions like, Who is Jesus? How can we have faith? Why and how do I pray? and How does God guide us? Watch a talk.

Followed by good conversation

Probably the most important part of any Alpha gathering is the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the night's topic, and then discuss it around a table. There's no obligation to say anything and there's nothing you can't say (seriously!). It's an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly, and open environment.

Sign up for the next Alpha Course here.

Contact: Mike Shintani (224) 512-1191

Alpha gatherings happen all over the globe, and everyone's welcome. Find your Alpha at Willow.

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