All signups for the Young Adult Summer Session of Alpha
are currently CLOSED as the Session is at capacity.
We apologize for any inconvenience.


At Alpha, enjoy great food, laughter and learning about the
teachings of Jesus in a welcoming atmosphere!

Be our guest as you explore questions about the existence of God and Jesus, the
purpose of life, the value of prayer, what happens after death and more.

Any questions about the Alpha program? Contact Emily Burt
at or 815-436-2651 ext. 889.




Alpha at SMI: Questions and Answers

What is the Alpha Course?
The Alpha Course is a practical introduction to the Christian faith, a place where guests have an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The course meets once a week for 10 weeks and includes a one day retreat in the middle.

Each session, people enjoy great food, laughter and learning about the teachings of Jesus in a fun and friendly atmosphere where no question about life or God is seen as too simple or too hostile.

There is no charge to attend the Alpha course!


Who is Alpha For?
Alpha is for all teens, young adults and adults. People attend Alpha from all backgrounds, religions and viewpoints. They come to seek answers to questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, what happens after death, the teachings of Jesus and more. Many guests have never been to church; others may have attended church occasionally but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith; others attend church regularly and are active in their faith.

Everyone is met where they are at!


What is Alpha For Catholics?
Alpha for Catholics is simply the Alpha course hosted in a Catholic setting. Alpha is a practical tool that parishes use to inspire renewal and answer the call of Christ and His church to “go and make disciples of all nations.” The Alpha course has proven to be an effective tool in thousands of parishes and churches around the world for awakening faith in people who are on the fringe of parish life, faithful Catholics and those outside the faith.


How Did Alpha Start?
The Alpha course began at Holy Trinity Brompton Church in central London in the late 1970s as a means of presenting the basic principles of Christianity to new Christians. The Alpha course teaches only the basic biblical teachings on which all Christians agree. Alpha has spread around the world, as more churches and courses found it an effective way to answer people’s questions about the Christian faith.


Testimonies from people who have done ALPHA






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