Alpha

Alpha

Next Alpha begins September 18, 2017

Alpha meets in the Woodside Cafe every Monday evening at 6:30 pm.   If you’re interested in being part of the next course, reserve your place by emailing or calling the church or just show up because there’s always room for more. Please email info@woodsidechurch.ca.

What Is Alpha?

Alpha gives everyone the opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The Alpha course meets Monday evenings for 10 weeks (with an optional half-day workshop.)  Sessions begin with a meal, followed by a short talk and time to discuss what’s been taught.

During the discussion, everyone is welcome to contribute their opinions and  no question is considered  hostile or too simple.  Questions might include – Is there a God? Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going?

Who Is Alpha For?

Alpha is for anyone – people from all backgrounds, religions, and viewpoints attend and feel welcome. Some people come to investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus and more, others want to get beyond religion and find a relationship with God that really changes life. Many people come for the close, long-lasting friendships that are built during the Alpha course.

Lots of our guests have never been to church, while others may have attended church occasionally but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith. Everyone is welcome.

How Much Will It Cost?

There is no charge for attending the Alpha course.

What Happens At Alpha?

Each gathering begins with a meal – a chance to get to know others. Then there is a short talk which looks at a different aspect of the Christian faith each week. This is followed by a time of discussion in small groups, where everyone is welcome to contribute their opinion and ask questions.

People usually stay in the same small group for the duration of the course so they can get to know each other, continue discussions and deepen friendships. The emphasis is upon exploration and discovery in a relaxed and informal environment.

The talks each week cover the following topics, which serve as a springboard for the small group discussions:

Introduction Dinner:    Is there more to life than this?
Week 1: Who is Jesus?
Week 2: Why did Jesus die?
Week 3: How can we have faith?
Week 4: Why and how do I pray?
Week 5: Why and how should I read the Bible?
Week 6: How does God guide us?
Week 7: How can I resist evil?
Week 8: Why & how should we tell others?
Week 9: Does God heal today?
Week 10: What about the Church?
Half-day Workshop (Optional): Who is the Holy Spirit?
What does the Holy Spirit do?
How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?
How can I make the most of the rest of my life?