Be Part of the Adventure this Lent – Alpha 2020
Never done Alpha? Maybe this Lent is the perfect time!
Our Lent/Spring Alpha will start the week before Lent begins, and will continue a few weeks beyond Easter. Each session looks at a different question that people can have about faith and is designed to create conversation. Each session begins with food and conversation, followed by a video presentation and discussion. It's an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss big questions together. Plan now to be part of the Adventure. Registration forms available in the Gathering Space or sign up online stmattsgb.org/alpha.
Done Alpha and Want to be involved? We are looking for people to be part of our meal team and our prayer team. Alpha is supported by prayer – prayer for the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of the participants to a deeper relationship with Jesus, and prayer for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide the team members. Meals are the foundation to the Alpha experience – do you love to cook? Could you do a meal or two or help with a meal or two for our Alpha dates? Interested? To be part of the prayer team or the meal team please contact Mike at the parish office or email [email protected]
Both evening and afternoon sessions will be offered. Choose which time works best in your life schedule.
Mondays evenings beginning February 24 Each session begins with dinner at 6:15 pm and ends no later than 8:30 pm in the Gathering Space
Tuesday afternoons beginning February 25 Each session begins with snacks at 1:15 pm and ends no later than 2:45 pm in the Parish Center
There is also a Saturday retreat mid-way through Alpha. (April 4) Each gathering we’ll take a look at a question people have about faith and following Jesus. Topics are listed on the Alpha Session Schedule. 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 Form 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 4th from 9:00 am to 4:00 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.