St. Matt’s Alpha – Join the Adventure
Yes, we know we haven’t even gotten to summer yet, but we want you to plan now to be part of Alpha this fall!
So what exactly is Alpha?
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.
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.
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.
St. Matt’s did its first Alpha program this past winter. We had over 60 people participating. Here’s what one of them had to say afterwards; “Great experience- the retreat was the best! But each week there was something new that I felt, talked about, learned, etc. that I can take with me in life.” That comment was actually pretty typical of what we heard back from participants at the end of the program.
Our fall sessions will begin mid-September. Plan now to come explore, rethink and be renewed!
What are the topics?
Each session takes a look at a question people have about faith and following Jesus. Some of the talk 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?
What will it cost?
The course is absolutely free. If you'd like to, you can make a small voluntary contribution towards dinner on the evening.
Please sign up so we know to expect you. We want to be sure to have enough food and seating for everyone. Sign up by completing the form below, or download a copy here, pick up a paper copy in the Gathering Space, Parish Office, or call us at 920-435-6811.