The Alpha Course is coming!

on August 23, 2012 News with 0 comments

Alpha gives everyone the opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The Alpha course will be introduced at an Introductory Dinner on Wed., August 22, in the Fellowship Hall. Folks who participate will meet once a week for 8 weeks, plus a one-day Saturday getaway.  Sessions begin with a meal at 6:30pm, followed by a short talk and time to discuss what’s been taught.

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? What does the Bible have to say?

Who Is Alpha For?
Alpha is for any adult or youth. It is offered for neighbors and friends, but especially it is intended for folks who have become part of St. John’s in the last 3 years. People attend from all religious backgrounds and viewpoints. They come to investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus and more. Many people want to find a relationship with God that really changes life. Others come for the close, long-lasting friendships that are built during the Alpha course.

 Everyone is welcome!

How Much Will It Cost?
There is no charge for attending the Alpha course.

What Happens At Alpha?
Each gathering begins with a meal – and chance to get to know others. Then there is a short talk which looks at a different aspect of the Christian faith each week. This is followed by a time of discussion in small groups, where everyone is invited to contribute their opinion and ask questions. Each week in small groups folks get to know each other, continue discussions and deepen friendships. The emphasis is upon exploration and discovery in a relaxed and informal environment.

The course will be presented in the church Fellowship hall, and the talks each week cover the following topics, which serve as a springboard for the small group discussions:

Introduction Dinner Aug 22nd Is there more to life than this?

Week 1: Sep 20 Who is Jesus?

Week 2: Sep 27 Why did Jesus die?

Week 3: Oct 4 How can we have faith?

Week 4: Oct 18 Why and how do I pray?

Saturday Oct 20 Who is the Holy Spirit?
What does the Holy Spirit do?
How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?
How can I make the most of the rest of my  life?

Week 5: Oct 25 Why and how should I read the Bible?

Week 6: Nov 1 How can I resist evil?

Week 7: Nov 8 Does God heal today?

Week 8: Nov 15 Why and how should we tell others?


Additional course information is available from our Alpha Course Coordinator by calling 410-592-8723.