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!
March 04, 2015
I will never forget the very first Sunday that I worshiped at Church of the Rez: I felt like I had somehow re-discovered a part of my soul—a part that was jaded by pomp and circumstance and pulsing lights and passive participation. I had stumbled upon exactly what I had been yearning for —a safe haven, a place of restoration, a place where God is worshiped in purity and simplicity. I said to friends and family, “It was the most meaningful church service I have experienced in a long time."
The past months have been some of the most formative of my spiritual life, as I have moved from being a guest at Rez to being an integrated, invested member. I never knew it was possible to genuinely anticipate going to church on Sunday. I never knew it was possible for the beauty of tradition and liturgy to be seamlessly melded with the invocation and exaltation of the Holy Spirit—rather than existing as two irreconcilable “styles" of worship.
I have been molded by the sacredness of the Eucharist as I open my hands each week to receive with thanks-giving and joy. In professing the creed, I have been reminded of the great cloud of witnesses that has gone before me, and I have been reminded of who God has always been and will always be. In sitting under the sound teaching of Spirit-anointed ministers, I have been convicted and encouraged and accepted for what I am somehow all at the same time. And of course the music! The sweet language of the soul. Never before have I been moved to tears by the Doxology and a pure trumpet melody, and never before have I been able to lift my voice with such freedom and singular focus to the only One who is worthy of my praise.
Every day I am thankful for this special church that is truly like no other, and I pray I never take it for granted. Here, for the first time, I am finding the heart of true, surrendered worship. Week by week I am being softened and made whole in His holy presence within this Sanctuary of Transformation.
For more stories of God's work in 2014, check out our Stories of Transformation piece here.