THE ALPHA COURSE 2018
St. Andrew’s will be running the Alpha Course again this Spring starting on Wednesday 23rd May 2018. This will be an eight week course that explores the Christian faith in an interactive format with space for your questions and for discussions about faith and how this can impact your life.
We meet at the Vicarage, are served a home cooked meal, make new friends, listen to a talk on a key aspect of the Christian faith and then take part in a small group discussion with a handful of others who are seeking to know more and share their doubts and questions. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment.
The course includes an Away Day during that eight week period and participants would be expected to attend at least 6 of the sessions and it is important that they attend the Away Day.
Why not think about being part of our next Alpha Course. If you would like to know more about Alpha please contact Sue masters on 07958 322026 /Susanmasters@sky.com, or speak with Revd Greg Smith.
A REFLECTION FROM A PARTICIPANT OF AN ALPHA COURSE HELD AT ST. ANDREW’S
‘I started the Alpha course at St Andrews in 2012 because I was curious about Jesus and his life and I wanted to learn more about him.
It was a bit awkward at first because I didn’t know many people, but as time went on I started to talk to people and forged friendships with them. It’s a really safe environment to talk about your faith with others and to learn from the leaders as well as from the people who were on the course as well.
The leaders did fantastic talks and they were very encouraging and patient when we did group discussions. They brought us out of our shells and encouraged us to talk about what we believed as well as stretching our minds with the questions that were asked.
It’s a really good course for anyone who is exploring their faith and wants answers to some of the questions that they have about Christianity, especially when they are at the beginning of their journey with God.
The course became a springboard to me wanting to be more involved in the church life at St Andrews and becoming baptised and confirmed. Since Alpha, I’ve gone on more courses and become more confident in my faith to the point of wanting to talk to others about the good news that Jesus has for us.’