All the training videos, Alpha talks, promo material and weekly handouts are available online for FREE (yes, really!). But there are some costs to consider if you're running an Alpha Online or an Alpha in person (please adhere to your province's COVID-19 guidelines).
A Home Alpha with 8 people will have fewer expenses than a full-scale church Alpha with 50 people. Once you decide on the location and estimate size of your Alpha, here are some decisions that will impact your expenses. Below are some guidelines for an in-person Alpha so please adjust accordingly if you're running an Alpha online.
Do you want to promote in-person, one to one, or digitally (no cost)?
Do you want to use a print shop for guest invitations, posters, banners?
Log in to watch the 3-minute training video for ideas to include Alpha in the church.
Food on Alpha:
Will you need one person cooking the whole meal (6-8 guests)?
Will you need a team of people cooking the meals each week?
Are there any restaurants that can donate to your Alpha?
Related videos: Food on Alpha + Hospitality
Alpha weekend or day together:
Will you be using someone's home or another church (no cost)?
Will you be staying overnight at a retreat centre?
Watch the 3-minute training video about the Alpha Time Away for more ideas.
Books / Handouts:
The Team Guide & Guest Guide are both available online for free (log in here) and you can print or email the handouts for each week. Or if you prefer hardcopy books, you can purchase them from Amazon.ca or from your local Christian bookstore for about $12 each.
Will you use a free platform like Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, etc?
Do you want to send Skip the Dishes to your guests for the Alpha Weekend?