Alpha

ALPHA is for EVERYONE who wants to explore life's big questions.  All are welcome to join! (Registration is required for this course.)

The next Alpha class is planned for Fall 2017 at the St. Charles Campus. Please check back over the summer for registration.

What is ALPHA? 

Alpha is a 10 week series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. No pressure. No follow up.

Alpha runs in churches, bars, coffee shops and homes all around the globe. Alpha has ten sessions and includes dinner, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts and ask your questions. Alpha really is for anyone who’s curious. Our live talks are designed to encourage debate and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, honest and informal environment. For more information, go to alphausa.org.

See how Alpha impacted a couple at our recent baptism service:

 

Who is ALPHA for?

Alpha is for anyone. People attend from all backgrounds, religions, and viewpoints. Participants come to investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus. Some people want to get beyond religion and find a relationship with God that really changes life. Others come for the close, long-lasting friendships that are built during the Alpha course. Many guests have never been to church, others may have attended church occasionally but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith or simply aren't able to articulate why they believe what they believe. Everyone is welcome.

How much will ALPHA cost?

There is no charge for attending the Alpha course. A suggested donation of $7 for dinner is requested to cover the cost of the meal.

What is discussed?

Over the 11 weeks of Alpha, participants explore the following live talks:

Who is Jesus?
Why did Jesus die?
How can we have faith?
Why and how do I pray?
Why and how should I read the Bible?
How does God guide us?
Who is the Holy Spirit? What does he do?
How can I resist evil?
Why and how should I tell others?
Does God heal today?
What about the church?
Alpha Retreat

What is ALPHA 2?

This course is only open to those who went through Alpha and is called "A Life worth living". It is taught by Nicky Gumbel and has the same format as Alpha (Dinner, talk, discussion). It will be fun to reconnect with past Alpha friends and grow in your faith.
Here is what is written about the course:
In the future, scientists will be able to prolong life, but will it be worth living? Without purpose or joy, extended life seems a hollow victory. So how do we live life to the full?

A Life Worth Living is a 9-week course based on Paul's letter to the Philippians. 

What is discussed?


New Heart
New Purpose
New Attitude
New Responsibilities
New Friendships
New Confidence
New Ambitions
New Resources
New Generosity