Some churches assign one specific person as the MC who is a familiar face every week on Alpha. But even if you have a smaller Alpha group (eg. in a home), you still need someone who knows how to host well. Here are some top tips for an emcee who hosts an Alpha in a church setting.
Seven Top Tips for MCs:
1. MCs set the tone for the evening so be friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming. A little humour helps too!
2. Welcome guests and explain what to expect next (meal, video, discussion groups). Explain how the food will be served and how long dinner will be. Briefly describe what the meal is and if there are any vegetarian options. Encourage them to enjoy the meal and get to know the people at their table with casual, fun conversation.
3. Continue to guide the evening along; give a 5-minute notice before dinner ends and the video will start. Explain where people can put their plates and cutlery, and point out where the washrooms are. If you are providing Alpha Guest Guides or the weekly handouts, tell people where they can pick them up.
4. After the video has finished, tell guests how long they will have for discussion in small groups. If the groups will be meeting in different rooms, provide instruction for this as well. (If this is the Intro session, you can assign guests into groups the next week. More info here.)
5. Provide a 5-minute warning before discussion time ends and encourage groups to continue the discussion next week.
6. End the evening on time each week to be respectful of your guests' time.
7. Conclude the evening with a sneak peek into next week's topic by providing the questions around the topic (eg. Why did Jesus die? How does his death 2000 years ago affect us now? Is there any evidence about his alleged resurrection?) This will pique their interest and motivate them to return again next week. Tell them you're so glad they came out to Alpha and that you're looking forward to seeing them again next week.