St. Matt's 2019 Alpha
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 be part of things!
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 will be held Mondays beginning February 25; evening sessions begin with dinner at 6:15 and end no later than 8:30 pm, afternoon sessions begin with snacks and coffee at 1:00 and end no later than 2:45. Both sessions are held in the Gathering Space. Choose which time works best in your life schedule. There is also a Saturday retreat mid-way through Alpha. (April 13) Each gathering we’ll take a look at a question people have about faith and following Jesus. Topics are listed on the back of this information sheet. We invite you to come and break bread with others, listen to a talk, and then discuss it with others in your small group. 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.
Here's how to join the adventure:
Click on the sign up link above.
Print out a copy of the sign up and return it to the St. Matt's parish office.
Register over the phone by calling the Parish Office 920-435-6811
Save the date - Alpha Retreat Saturday, April 13th from 8:30 am to 3:45 pm at St. Matthew for all participants to attend.
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.