Alpha gives teens the opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The Alpha course usually meets once a week for 9 weeks, sometimes in a church, a home, or a restaurant. Sessions begin with a meal, followed by a short video/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.
All high school teens NEW to L.I.G.H.T. are asked to attend Alpha before they seek the Sacrament of Confirmation (Check the Sacrament of Confirmation page HERE).
Current Youth Alpha dates:
Sundays, September 27th, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 15, & 22.
In Person Sessions will be held in a Parish Life Center meeting room-Exact rooms TBD. *Please note that this is the preferred method of experiencing Alpha.
We will offer these times:
Sunday morning 8:30-9:30 AM session
Sunday evening 7:00-8:00 PM session
***All social distancing procedures will be in effect, including temperature check upon arrival, masks and 6 feet spacing. Teens will be divided into groups of 10. You may list a friend preference who you would like to be in small group with you. Bottled water and pre-packaged snack will be available at the in-person sessions. **Please note that if the situation warrants it, we are prepared to move the Youth Alpha online to a virtual experience.
In addition, we have an ONLINE virtual Youth Alpha that is meeting.
YOUTH ALPHA DAY AWAY
An important part of the Alpha experience is the Day Away which will be held on Saturday, November 7th in the PLC. An Information letter and permission form with all the details will be available at Alpha and on the Alpha webpage in October.
PARENTS: CAN YOU HELP?
Parents, can you help with various duties at the Alpha sessions? We could use help with set-up, check-in/attendance/temperature checks, cleaning, etc. This is needed to help make the experience for our teens the best it can be, including as SAFE as it can be. Please indicate on the sign-up page that you can help during your teen’s Alpha session and we’ll be in touch with you to go over the details. Thank you for your support of the Alpha for Youth program!
QUESTIONS: Please email Dave at DaveM@olmercy.com or call the youth ministry office at 331-707-5371.