Next Alpha starts June 17, 2020 (7PM)
Our Summer Alpha Course will meet virtually once a week for 9 weeks. Each week will involve watching a short message that highlights different aspects of Christian faith. The talks will be followed up by a small group discussion on zoom where everyone is welcome to dialogue and ask questions. Shy folks are free to just listen and process! The talks are designed to encourage, debate, and explore the basics of the faith in a friendly, honest, and informal environment. Frequently asked questions are: Is there a God? Why am I here? What about other religions? What is my purpose?
Our Summer Alpha Course will begin Wednesday June 17th at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Please register here. We can’t wait to explore with you!
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 (plus a 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 I 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?|
|Half-day Workshop:||Who is the Holy Spirit?|
|(Sunday – 1:30 – 5 pm)||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?|
|Week 7:||Why and how should I tell others?|
|Week 8:||What about the Church?|