Got Questions? Try Alpha!
Explore: Life. Faith. Meaning.
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome. You can read more about Alpha here. We are running Alpha at Saint Agatha Saint James Church, Tuesdays 6pm-7.30pm beginning Tuesday 27 August 2019. You are welcome to join any time.
Session 1: August 27 2019 Is There More to Life Than This?
Session 2: September 3 2019 Who is Jesus?
Session 3: September 10 2019 Why did Jesus Die?
Session 4: September 17 2o19 How can I Have Faith?
Session 5: September 24 2019 Why and How Do I pray?
Session 6: October 1 2019 Why and How Do I Read the Bible?
Session 7: October 8 2019 How Does God Guide Us?
Session 8 : October 15 2019 How Can I Resist Evil?
Session 9: October 22 2019 Why and How Should I Tell Others?
Session 10: October 29 2019 Does God Heal Today?
Session 11: November 5 2019 What About the Church?
What can I expect?
We begin with a simple meal with friends. Food helps us come together and share as a community. Then there is a video talk. The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Generally thirty minutes long. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith?
After the talk is a discussion. The discussion is probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything. And there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.
I’m already Catholic, can I still participate in Alpha?
Everyone and anyone is welcome to participate in Alpha, but the level of the talks and discussion is aimed at those who do not have any prior knowledge of Christianity, or who are not deeply established in their relationship with Jesus. If you are already Catholic, you are still very welcome to participate, but perhaps you would consider volunteering to help or inviting a non-Catholic friend.