St. Matt's Fall Alpha
This week's topic: "Why and How Do I Pray?"
If you missed last week's or any prior week's sessions, or would simply like to watch the video again, visit the Alpha Resources page.
Overview of Monday & Thursday Sessions
Monday Evening Sessions 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 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.
Save the date - Alpha Retreat Saturday, November 3rd from 8:30 am to 3:45 pm at St. Matthew for both Monday and Thursday 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.