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 which will depend if you're running an Alpha Online or an Alpha in person (please adhere to your province's COVID-19 guidelines).
Here are some guidelines for an in-person Alpha so please adjust accordingly if you're running an Alpha Online. 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:
Do you want to promote in-person, one to one, and digitally (no cost)?
Do you want to use a print shop for guest invitations, posters, banners?
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 donating to your Alpha?
Watch the 3-minute training video about Hospitality for some great ideas.
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 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.