St. Matt's Alpha - Join the Adventure
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.
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.
Here are the details:
What’s involved? Come and break bread with others, listen to a talk, and then discuss it with your table mates. There is also a Saturday session mid-way through Alpha.
You don’t have to commit to the whole thing – join us for the first night and see what you think.
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.
When can I sign up?
Our Fall Alpha session has begun at St. Matthew. Don't despair! We are hoping to run another session this spring. Stay tuned! Contact the Parish Office with any questions or concerns.