Is there more to life?
Alpha gives everyone the opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The Alpha course usually meets once a week for 11 weeks. Sessions begin with a meal, followed by a short talk, and time to discuss the topic.
During the discussion, everyone is welcome to contribute their opinions and no question is considered hostile or too simple. Questions might include–Is there a God? Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going?
Alpha is for everyone –no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. We don’t assume any background knowledge or belief in Christianity and everyone is welcome.
Father Mark encouraged all of us to stop and listen in order to hear cries for help; to look to see who is going under, to see who is drowning. Identify them and invite them to Alpha beginning the week of Sept 8th. Show them that Jesus is the way out of the riptide.
Maybe you find yourself bobbing above and below water right now; maybe you’ve begun to take on water. Jesus is the way out of the riptide.
What to expect
A typical Alpha
Alpha runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes, bars — you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but they generally have three key things in common: food, a talk, and good conversation.
First up, there’s
Food (for In-Person Alpha only)
Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table or a quick catch-up over coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. We start with food, because it’s a great way to encourage community and get to know each other.
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Generally 30 minutes long, they are given as a live talk or played as a video. Talks explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith?
Probably the most important part of any Alpha–the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything. And there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly, and open environment.
OK for Catholics
If you have any questions about Alpha and how it relates to Catholics, check out this video from Fr James Mallon.
Additionally, check out endorsements from Catholic Clergy such as from the Vatican like Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.
Do I have to talk and share my thoughts?
No. You may remain silent the entire time if you wish.
How long is an Alpha session?
Sessions last 2 hours. They go by quickly. We start on time and always end on time.
How much does Alpha cost?
There is no cost, Alpha is free!
I am coming and will not know anybody else. Is that normal?
Yes. Most people come to Alpha without knowing anybody else in the course. By the end of the course, most people become good friends. Alpha is a great way to meet new people.
Can I just “come and see” for the first week?
Yes. Just register to let us know you’re coming (so we have enough food prepared for you).
What if I go for a week or two and don’t want to continue?
If you don’t want to continue after a week or two, no worries. We will not call you or bother you if you don’t come back.
Is childcare available?
Because of the pandemic and state restrictions, unfortunately we will not be able to offer childcare. Pray the pandemic ends soon because normally, yes we offer free childcare.
What measures are you taking in keeping the space safe given the pandemic reality we live in?
Our foremost concern is always going to be the safety of our guests. We will be sanitizing the space before and after an Alpha get together and socially distant parameters will be set in place which everyone must follow.
How will virtual Alpha take place?
We will be using Zoom as our primary meeting space. When you register, we will contact you before Alpha starts to walk you through the zoom set up.
I have more questions. Who do I contact?
Questions can be directed to Zara @ 331-707-5381 or EMAIL US