St. Matt's Alpha - Join the Adventure
Alpha Lent/Spring Session Begins February 5th!
Alpha is a big part of how we will respond to Christ’s call to Come Follow Me this Lent at St. Matt’s. We encourage you to Join the Adventure and be part of things!
Here are the details:
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.
Evening sessions will be held Mondays beginning February 5 from 6:30 pm to no later than 8:30 pm in the Gathering Space – OR – afternoon sessions from 1:15 till 2:45 on Thursdays beginning February 8. Choose which time works best in your life schedule. Evening meetings include a light supper; afternoon meetings begin with snacks.
Each session takes a look at a question people have about faith and following Jesus. 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?
Come and break bread with others, listen to a talk, and then discuss it with others in your small group. There is also a weekend retreat day mid-way through Alpha. (Saturday, March 24)
The course is absolutely free. Please sign up so we know to expect you. We want to be sure to have enough food and seating for everyone. Complete the form below for each participant (registration forms are also available here, at the parish office, and in the gathering space) and return it to the parish office by February 2, 2018. You can also register over the phone by calling the parish office 920-435-6811
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.