WHAT IS ALPHA??
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that create a safe and honest space, online or in person, where people can explore life, faith and meaning.
Alpha began in the Anglican Church and was developed in response to falling numbers in congregations and with a desire to take people on a journey to encounter and proclaim the Good News. Over the years it has become an ecumenical resource used as a tool for evangelisation, to reach all those in a community. It contains material that is common to most Christian Churches and has been extremely effective, with over twenty-nine million people from 116 countries having participated over the years. It is an interesting, fun and non-threatening way to explore Christianity.
In order to evaluate its usefulness or otherwise for our Parish, we ran a ‘pilot’ program of Alpha last year which involved forming a group of people from different backgrounds and a variety of ages to trial the material and have an experience of Alpha. A diverse group of parishioners accepted an invitation to take part and were most appreciative of the experience.
The Alpha program this year resumed on Wednesday 27th April, after an Easter pause, with the 6th session – please keep the participants and team in your prayers.