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Life is worth exploring!

“Many claim Alpha has changed their lives and appear genuinely happier for the experience.” – Time Magazine

Over 18 million people worldwide have now attended an Alpha Course, an opportunity to explore the meaning of life, running in tens of thousands of churches all across the world, including here at St Luke’s! So don’t grapple with these big questions on your own.

Our next Alpha Course is being run at St Luke’s Church on a Wednesday evening in the Autumn term 2013. Don’t worry – the Alpha Course is a no pressure course, which means we won’t chase you up if you decide not to come back. So why not join us for the evening and decide for yourself!

What is an Alpha Course and what’s involved?

Alpha is a nine week course which covers the basic beliefs of the Christian faith. We hope to help people understand better the teachings of Jesus by enabling participants to explore further the subjects being taught and to express their hopes or concerns as the course unfolds. Each week, the evening begins at 7.30pm with a meal – a great chance to get to know others in the group! Following the meal, there is a talk looking at a different aspect of the Christian faith followed by discussion in small groups of 5-10 people. The whole evening will be finished by 9.45pm. This is your chance to ask your questions and help each other to discover some answers. There is no question too simple or too challenging at the Alpha Course!

Who is Alpha for?

Alpha is for everyone, but especially:

  • Those wanting to investigate Christianity
  • Newcomers to the Church
  • Those who want to brush up on the basics of the Christian faith including adults considering confirmation.

What does the course cost?

There is no charge for the course; however you are welcome to make voluntary contributions towards the cost of food if you can afford to do so.

When is the course?

There will be  an Introductory Meal on Wednesday 2nd October at 7.30pm in the church lounge. The course itself will run weekly on Wednesday evenings from 9th October until 11th December from 7.30pm-9.45pm with a meal included.

What are the topics?

  1. Who is Jesus? (9th Oct)
  2. Why did Jesus die? (16th Oct)
  3. How can we have faith? (23rd Oct)
  4. Why and how do I pray? (6th Nov)
  5. How should I read the Bible? (13th Nov)
  6. How does God guide us? (20th Nov)
  7. How can I resist evil? (27th Nov)
  8. Why and how should I tell others? (4th Dec)
  9. What about the Church? (11th Dec)

In addition, there will be an Alpha day away; Saturday 23rd November at Latimer Park, near Chesham, where we explore topics such as:

  • Who is the Holy Spirit?
  • What does the Holy Spirit do?
  • How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?

Do I need to book?

If you’re planning to attend it would help us to know how many people to expect. To book your place on the next Alpha course please contact the church office or call (01923) 246161. “What distinguishes Alpha from other initiatives is the easy-going, relaxed feel of the proceedings – that, and its astonishing success.” – The Times

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