Try Alpha

It’s a chance to chew over the meaning of life. As one philosopher said, “A life not reflected on is not worth living.”

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions to discuss the Christian faith in an informal, fun and friendly environment. The course will consist of twelve sessions plus an away day, looking at topics including ‘Who is Jesus?’ and ‘Why and how do I pray?’ Alpha is for everyone; no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. Everyone is welcome. You don’t have to believe or have any Bible knowledge.

The next Alpha course will start on Thursday 4th May at 7.30pm in the North Room at St Mark’s. We will start with food and a chance to get to know each other, followed by a talk and an interactive session to discuss what you thought about the talk. There are no right or wrong answers.

This is a free course, why not try it? If you have done it and loved it, why not bring a friend?

Is Alpha for me?
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    Everyone - whatever background, situation, or experience you bring. We don’t assume any previous knowledge of Christianity. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.

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    No. You don’t have to come to the whole course – just come to the first introductory session and see how you feel. With no obligation or cost.
    Here's Wayne Brown's thoughts on Alpha... He is a member of St Mark’s, married to Deborah, and is a management consultant (we’ll forgive him for that though). Wayne went along to an Alpha Course when he was living in London and speaking about the experience, he said:
    “I joined an Alpha course that was running and I suppose I was very methodical about it. Different people do things in different ways, some people in the group were very laid back and chilled, and just watched and listened, and didn’t talk, I was a copious note taker, questioning! I invariably wouldn’t speak first, I’d be in processing mode, listening to what the other people were saying, and then after a while I’d speak. I loved the talks.
    I had a beautiful group, a fantastic group – a bit like university! I didn’t expect it, but I’m still really big buddies with everyone I did Alpha with.
    It’s a place that’s safe – everyone that is with you is also searching, questioning. You’re in a room with people who are all asking questions and therefore there is no question which is off limits (it doesn’t even have to be a question, it can be a rant if you want!). There’s no one going to stand in judgment of you – it’s not that kind of environment.
    Come along, see what you think, come to a couple of sessions – if you don’t like it, fine, but you won’t know until you try!”

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    Is There More to Life Than This?

    Who is Jesus?

    Why Did Jesus Die?

    How Can We Have Faith?

    Why and How Do I Pray?

    Why and How Should I Read the Bible?

    How Does God Guide Us?

    Why and How Should I Tell Others?

    How Can I Resist Evil?

    Does God Heal Today?

    What About the Church?

    Holy Spirit away day

     

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