Alpha is a twelve-week opportunity to explore the validity and relevance of the Christian faith for our lives today. It is a practical and exciting introduction to the basics of Christianity with loads of opportunity for debate and discussion. The style of Alpha is informal, friendly and non-threatening.
Alpha is enjoyed and appreciated as much by those who have never set foot in a church as it is by those who once attended and by the regular churchgoer. No matter what your background, whether investigating Christianity for the first time or revisiting your faith, you are likely to get a lot out of an Alpha Course.
Each week we meet together for a delicious meal, a live talk on topics such as "Who is Jesus?", "Why Did Jesus Die?", "How Can I be Sure of My Faith?", and "Does God Still Heal Today?", followed by small group interaction. There is a weekend retreat midway through the course, which focuses on the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
There are over 5000 Alpha courses running in the US and about 1,000,000 people in America and Canada have already participated.
Why should I consider Alpha?
Everyone is welcome on an Alpha course and people attend for a wide variety of reasons. Some want to investigate whether God exists and if there is any point to life; others are concerned about what happens after death. Still others may have attended church on and off all their lives but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith.
People come from many different backgrounds, holding many different viewpoints - but all come with the same objective: to establish whether Jesus Christ has any real relevance for their lives.
Who is Alpha for?
• Those wanting to investigate Christianity.
• New Christians.
• Those who feel that they have never really got going as a Christian.
• Newcomers to the church.
• Those who want to brush-up on the basics.
What will Alpha cost?
There is no charge for the Alpha course, although a small contribution of $7 for the meal each Tuesday evening and a modest fee for the food and accommodations during the Alpha weekend away is encouraged.
When and Where?
Alpha is held at St. Paul’s Church in Doar Hall (…simply follow the Alpha signs when you get to the campus!). Please see directions. The next Alpha course will begin September 10, 2013. Alpha will meet every Tuesday evening for 12 weeks. There is a weekend event. We’ll begin each evening at 6:15 pm with a delicious meal and conclude the evening promptly at 8:45 pm.
What about childcare?
Childcare is provided at Alpha for kids aged 11 and under. Please note: meals will not be provided for children during the Alpha Course.
How do I register?
Simply fill out the registration form below and hit the submit button. (You’ll receive a confirmation letter about one week prior to the course.) If you’d prefer, you may register by calling St. Paul’s office at 843.873.1991, or you may e-mail your registration to alpha registration. Please be sure to include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address with your registration, along with any special requests you may have. Please be sure to list the name of each individual to be registered when you contact us.
To find out more about Alpha click here:
http://www.thealphacourse.com/ We look forward to seeing you on the Alpha Course!