August 24, 2017
Big life questions can make anyone feel vulnerable, and taking the first step to figure it out is nerve-wracking. Alpha is a place to explore those questions, but if you’re still not sure if it’s the right place for you, check out what other people are saying, below. Chances are, you’re not alone.
(Wondering what Alpha is all about? Read our post, “What Is Alpha?” for more information.)
Before attending Alpha, I happened to be a very new Christian. I had recently moved back to the area when a friend asked if I'd like to go to her church. After enjoying the service, she recommended I try Alpha.
The environment and people were inviting and non-threatening. The format was casual yet organized, the food provided was outstanding, and the dinner conversation was fun.
Alpha offered an opportunity to explore and talk with others like me about central topics pertinent to Christianity as well as my questions and doubts. It was an entry into what I now know will be an ongoing and lifetime process of exploring and building my faith in God as well as building my community that is connected with it. Alpha is a great first step if you are a person who is exploring whether Christianity is for you.
Alpha was a wonderful experience! I was hesitant at first, but felt very comfortable and welcomed by the group. I really enjoyed the format and the video and topic to focus on each week. The narrative of the video was more educational and thought provoking than "preachy" (which is what I expected).
What I loved the most about Alpha was that I was able to ask questions, discuss my apprehension and, at times, skepticism, and the group responded in a way that made me feel I was not alone in my thoughts and my questions. I plan to go through Alpha again and look forward to what I will gain my next time through.
~ Christine Burke
I did not grow up in a church or even go to church much aside from the occasional service when the grandparents came to town. With that in mind, I found Alpha to be exactly what I needed. Alpha was inviting, fun, chock-full of information, and just what I needed as my first introduction to religion. I felt supported without feeling forced or overwhelmed, which was a very calming feeling as I often have a lot of anxiety when I explore things I’m new to. Alpha was truly a perfect way to start on my journey of knowing Christ.
~ Christopher Davis
I learned of Alpha and saw it as my opportunity to approach Christianity fresh to see if it resonated with me. Sure enough, God moved in my heart every week. One session the video explained that many people think you need understanding in order to have faith, but really, you need faith in order to understand. I had assumed I needed to figure out my doubts and questions before finding God, but a small step of faith was all that was needed on my part in order for God to reveal His truth and help me understand.
On the Alpha retreat, we were asked to visualize our hearts as a garden. I saw that mine was empty dirt, fertile soil containing seeds ready to be watered and tended. I realized that the weeds - the doubts and fears that had littered my soul since childhood - were gone. The Lord had taken them from me, and I felt at peace.
~ Beth Brinley
If any of these testimonials resonate with you, we’d love to see you at Alpha. Join us at 6pm on September 13, 2017 at Church of the Resurrection. Let us know you’re coming by signing up here. We can’t wait to see you!
August 07, 2017
Alpha is a place to ask the big questions about life. Why am I here? Is there more to life than this? Where am I going in life? Can I find happiness where I’m looking for it? You’re not alone in asking these big, vulnerable, beautiful, messy, complicated questions. At Alpha, we recognize that there is a “universal human need to explore.”
Alpha is a series of sessions that explore the Christian faith and how Christianity can help answer some of those big life questions. You can find Alpha sessions held all over the world, but they all have a few things in common. First, everyone is welcome. It’s a friendly, open, and informal environment where you can be yourself and ask any question you may have. We share food together and we learn together. Each week highlights different questions about faith and is designed to create conversation about life, faith, and meaning.
Alpha is for everyone.
We each have our own story. Maybe you’ve never been to church before. Maybe you’re skeptical about the Christian faith. Maybe you went to church when you were younger but haven’t stepped inside one in years. Maybe you’re involved in church already but want to explore the fundamentals of your faith. Maybe you have doubts, but the questions you have are louder. Maybe you’re searching for meaning in your life and you don’t know where to start.
Start with Alpha.
Alpha is a weekly gathering that includes a home-cooked dinner, a video, and group discussion. It’s as simple as that.
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 videos are designed to engage and inspire conversation. They 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.
Curious? Watch a preview of Alpha below.
Join us at 6pm on September 13, 2017 at Church of the Resurrection. Let us know you’re coming by signing up here. We can’t wait to see you!