Better Together

Better Together

Alpha and The Marriage Course

New name & logo, same vision & mission!

As you may have noticed on social media, we have been undergoing many changes at HQ and hope you find them as exciting as we do!

First of all, we are no longer calling ourselves Relationship Central. Moving forward, when promoting courses, we will refer to each course by name only – thereby removing all references to Relationship Central.

We know that many will have questions and so we've compiled a fantastic FAQ with all the answer you can think of!

The new course logos are now complementary with Alpha rather than competing and this will allow us to have a bigger, united impact globally. 

FAQs

 

Q: How should we communicate the relationship between RC and Alpha?

A: The relationship is not different than it used to be. We have simply aligned strategy and branding.

 

Q: I hear you saying The Marriage Courses. Is that the new umbrella word for all four courses?

A: It’s just the way it will work on our websites. The umbrella is Alpha.

 

Q: Will there be a logo for the cluster of family courses?

A: No. All the courses have their own logos and align us with Alpha. These are all complimentary not competing brands. 

 

Q: Why did you choose the new colours?

A: Sharing a colour palette with Alpha helps align the brand in a subtle design way. 

 

Q: Does this mean we will have to bin all our existing resources when the new branding is launched?

A: No. It will take a while for rebranded products to filter through the Alpha Shop. 

 

Q: Where can I get the new logo?

A: Click HERE to download all the branding resources you'll need.

 

Q: Will books also have a new format?

A: Yes, we are currently working on everything on a rolling basis. When one item is finished, we move onto the next. 

 

Q: Are there official hashtags or @accounts for social media that we should promote?

A: We will switch over the @RelationshipC account to @MarriageCourses and all followers should automatically roll over. Hashtags are currently being discussed. All ideas are welcome!  

 

Q: If we have further branding questions, who should we direct these questions to?

A: Email branding@themarriagecourse.org

 

Q: If we have any course related questions, who should we direct these questions to? 

A: Email info@themarriagecourse.org

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Sheela's Story

 

The idea of running Alpha in the workplace honestly stemmed from a practical reason – late working hours were a barrier to my colleagues being able to attend Alpha at church. It made sense to bring Alpha to the workplace for those who were interested to give it a go.

I remember feeling quite nervous and unsure the first time we ran it back in 2014. I didn’t know what to expect or if anyone would even turn up! ‘Ye of little faith’ I remember a friend saying to me when we ended up with a solid group of about 20 in that first round. Since then, we’ve run Alpha four times - sometimes with larger groups, sometimes with smaller groups - but each experience has never failed to be just as amazing.

The most interesting aspect for me about running Alpha in our workplace was the immediate connection that people made from having something fundamental in common – where they work. There was little need for breaking the ice and discussions took off from day 1 with guests feeling comfortable sharing their thoughts and perspectives.

Alpha in the workplace complements what the church is doing by reaching out to a community that might not have been able to be reached. So many of us know that being out there in the corporate world trying to make it in the great rat race can get tiring and it’s only a matter of time before one begins to ask “Is there more to life that this?” – which is a question that was on the minds of our guests when they came. Alpha provided that safe space for conversations that might not have taken place otherwise.

The most memorable account from a guest for me comes from a guy who had attended our first ever run of Alpha. Post-Alpha, he told us that while was hesitant initially about the whole idea, eventually the weekly sessions became a place of refuge for him in the busyness of work. He said that it was a truly unexpected experience - “Work is what I had associated with stress and a lack of peace but through Alpha, work became a place I found hope, peace and faith.”

It’s not smooth sailing all the time but it is stories like this and many more of that nature that remind me that even if it’s for one person each round, it’s still worth it. And I’d just love to encourage anyone who’s thinking about it to just give it a go! The training and material make the process really simple to get started. Your adventure of a lifetime in running Alpha is just around the corner… trust me, it’s worth it!

Work is what I had associated with stress and a lack of peace but through Alpha, work became a place I found hope, peace and faith.
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