UPCOMING ALPHA COURSES
St. Charles Campus: September 6 - November 8, 7-9pm
Kishwaukee Family YMCA (Sycamore): September 6 - November 8, 6:30-8:30pm
ALPHA is for EVERYONE who wants to explore life's big questions. All are welcome to join! (Registration is required for this course.)
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 a 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 donation of $6 for dinner is suggested to cover the cost of the meal. Childcare is available. CLICK HERE for more information.
What is discussed?
Over the 10 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 2 is offered once per year. Our culture is obsessed with lifestyle. The media tells us what to wear, how to get fit, what to drive and how to love. Everyone wants to tell us how to live our lives. Jesus didn't leave us a lifestyle magazine, he showed people how to live. This 5-week course (taught by Alpha's Nicky Gumbel), examines Jesus' Sermon on the Mount from the BIble and the radical alternative it presents to our modern lifestyle. Simple, memorable, and profound, Jesus' words from Matthew 4-6 are as relevant and challenging today as they were 2,000 years ago. Topics include: How to respond to difficult people, How to Handle Anger, How to handle conflict, How to stop worrying and start living and others. Like Alpha, you will belong to a table, have dinner together, watch the video and have a time of discussion and application.
*Completing the Alpha course is a prerequisite to attend this course.
The next course begins TBD in St. Charles. Dinner is available for $6. Childcare is available. CLICK HERE for more information.