St. Matt's Fall Alpha

Fall Sessions Begins The Week of September 16th!

UPDATE: Thursday afternoon sessions have been added - how exciting! Join the adventure

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Typically run over eleven weeks, each session looks at a different question that people can have about faith and is designed to create conversation. It's just an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life's big questions together. You don’t have to commit to the whole thing – join us for the first night and see what you think. Alpha is a big part of how we will respond to Christ’s call to be an active, dynamic catholic and make a difference in our parish, and within the community, as a missionary disciple of Christ. 

We have two sessions to choose from:
Monday Evening Sessions (beginning September 17th)    Monday Night Schedule
Everyone is invited to dinner from 6:30 to 6:45 pm in the St. Matthew Gathering Space. This is a great time to get to know and reconnect with other participants. At 6:45 pm we will transition to prayer and an intro to the evening. Our presentation will begin at 7 pm – presentations normally run around 30 minutes. After the presentation we will have a chance for some extended discussion at our tables, followed by a wrap up of the evening by our Alpha leader. The evening should close approximately 8:15 pm.

Thursday Afternoon Sessions (beginning September 20th)    Thursday Afternoon Schedule
Everyone is invited for dessert and snacks at 1:00 pm in the St. Matthew Gathering Space. This is a great time to get to know and reconnect with other participants. At 1:15 pm we will transition to prayer and an intro to the afternoon. Our presentation will normally run around 30 minutes. After the presentation we will have a chance for some extended discussion at our tables, followed by a wrap up of the afternoon by our Alpha leader. The afternoon should close approximately 2:45 pm.

Some of the topics include: 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 should I read the bible? Who is the Holy Spirit? Does God heal today? How does God guide us? How do I make the most of the rest of my life?

There is also a weekend retreat day mid-way through Alpha on Saturday, November 3rd from 8:30 am to 3:45 pm at St. Matthew for both Monday and Thursday participants to attend.

The course is absolutely free. Feel free to invite friends, family, anyone who you think might be interested. All are welcome - you don’t have to be part of the parish or Catholic to participate. Please sign up by September 12th so we know to expect you. We want to be sure to have enough food and seating for everyone. Sign up sheets are in the St. Matthew gathering space, parish office, or complete the form below. You can also register over the phone by calling the parish office 920-435-6811.

Yes - I'd like to Be Part of an Adventure!

Complete the areas below to sign up for Alpha. NOTE: If registering as a couple please include information for both adult participants. You will receive a confirmation email once we receive your registration form.


 
 


So what exactly is Alpha? 

Alpha is a great way to respond to our parish mission statement, Come Follow Me.  Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Typically run over eleven weeks, each session looks at a different question that people can have about faith and is designed to create conversation. It's an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life's big questions together.

Alpha is run in local communities all around the world, and everyone's welcome. No two Alphas look the same, but they do have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

History of Alpha: Alpha started over thirty years ago at Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), an Anglican church in Central London, UK. It was originally developed as a short course for people in the church. In 1990, Nicky Gumbel took over running Alpha and found that many people outside of the church were warming up to the idea of Alpha. Today, more than 29 million people have attended Alpha in more than 169 countries, and it has been translated into 112 different languages. It runs in every part of the worldwide church – the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church, the Pentecostal Church and all the mainline Protestant denominations.

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