What is Alpha?
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explores the basics of the Christian faith. Typically run over 9-12 weeks, it allows anyone to explore life, faith and God in a friendly, open and informal environment.
What does Alpha look like?
No two Alphas look the same, but they all have three key things in common: food, a talk, and open discussion:
- Every session begins with food. Eating food together creates space for people to connect, relax and build friendships.
- The talks are designed to engage guests and inspire conversation. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christian faith.
- The discussion allows people to share their thoughts and questions about the talks without being corrected or judged.
What topics does Alpha cover?
Each session on Alpha features a different question about life and faith. Here’s the first six sessions:
- Is there more to life than this?
- Who is Jesus?
- Why Did Jesus Die?
- How Can I Have Faith?
- Why and How Do I Pray?
- Why and How Do I Read the Bible?
Alpha at St. Andrew’s?
We are planning to sponsor an Alpha this fall, not at the church, but in a neutral public location. Food will be provided as well as child-care.
To run Alpha effectively we need a few people willing to facilitate table discussions (you don’t need to know all the answers, but be able to invite others to speak). We need a couple of people for a welcome team. We need people who are willing to invite friends and attend with them. Most importantly we need your prayers. We need God’s guidance and direction as we attempt to share the Gospel in our varied circles of family and friends.
Please speak to Pastor Steve if you are interested in being involved in Alpha this Fall.