What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of conversations that explore life, spirituality and faith in a relaxed, non-judgmental environment. It’s a chance to be open about the big questions in life. Each week there is a short video that is meant to promote discussion. Afterwards, there is time to ask questions and share your thoughts in a small group discussion. It’s totally free, and regardless of your experience with faith or background, everyone is welcome. 

Who is Alpha for?

Alpha is for everyone! Questioning, skeptical, or wanting to learn more about Christian faith? Are you looking for a place to ask your tough questions about life or faith? Alpha is for you! 

2023 Alpha Opportunities

FALL 2023

This Alpha traditionally runs on Tuesday evenings for dinner (plus dessert!), a short video, and small group discussion. Introductory dinner will be Tues., Sept. 19, 2023 at 6 pm. Childcare may be provided on an as-needed basis. Bring your friends and share your thoughts and questions in a fun, friendly environment.

For more information, contact Shawn Bassler at sbassler@westside1.org. 

Winter 2023-24: dates to be announced soon

Parents and grandparents of preschoolers: would you like to make some new friends, enjoy a free breakfast, and talk about questions of life, faith, and God while your child is at preschool? Come join us in the Cafe on Thursday mornings – you can arrive anytime between 9:00 and 9:30 for hot coffee and breakfast and time to get to know other parents of young children. 

Babies and toddlers are welcome! Childcare may be provided on an as needed basis. We also have toys and space for your babies and toddlers to play near you plus snacks for the kids. We will watch a short video each week about an interesting topic with time for group discussion afterwards. There is no cost to you!

YOUNG ADULT ALPHA (ages 18-25)
Summer 2024

This Alpha is a fun place for young adults to get together one night a week to enjoy great snacks and friendship over the summer. We’ll watch the Alpha video together with plenty of time for discussion. Bring your friends and try it out!

Starting January 2024

Each Wednesday you can join us for dinner, an interesting video, and great conversation with other teens who have questions about life and faith. Your friends are welcome to join you – just let us know they are coming.

Dinner starts at 5:15 pm in West Side North (615 Wright Ave – single-story building) Alpha video and discussion from 6:00-7:30 pm in West Side South High School room (603 Wright Ave – the 2-story building). All High Schoolers are welcome to join us for A2 Youth on Wednesday nights during Wednesdays@West Side starting Sept. 13, 2023, following the schedule above for Alpha Youth.

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We need your help in making Alpha happen! Would you like to make new friends and have fun on Tuesday nights? Contact Shawn Bassler at sbassler@westside1.org to find out about volunteer opportunities at Alpha.


Are you looking to join a small group where you can get connected with new friends at West Side and meet new people? Come to Alpha! Whether you’re new to faith or a long-time Christian, we have a small group for you. After Alpha, your group can decide if they want to continue meeting weekly during Wednesdays@West Side for regular A2/After Alpha class.

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West Side Church

615 Wright Ave, Richland, WA 99354