Near North | Launch Party Tuesday, September 23, 6:45-9 PM, Park Cafe, Second floor of Park Community Church | Tuesdays, September 23 through December 9, 2014.
Lincoln Park | Launch Party Tuesday, September 23, 6:45-9 PM, Park Cafe, Second floor of Park Community Church | Tuesdays, September 23 through December 9, 2014.
What is ALPHA?
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. No pressure. No follow up.
Alpha runs in churches, bars, coffee shops and homes all around the globe. Alpha has ten sessions and includes dinner, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts and ask your questions. Alpha really is for anyone who’s curious. The talks are designed to encourage debate and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, honest and informal environment.
Who is ALPHA for?
Alpha is for anyone. People attend from all backgrounds, religions, and viewpoints. Participants come to investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus. Some people want to get beyond religion and find a relationship with God that really changes life. Others come for the close, long-lasting friendships that are built during the Alpha course. Many guests have never been to church, others may have attended church occasionally but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith or simply aren't able to articulate why they believe what they believe. Everyone is welcome.
Try ALPHA without committing to the course by signing up for the next Launch Party, if it looks interesting to you, keep coming.
How much will ALPHA cost?
There is no charge for attending the Alpha course. A donation of $5 for dinner is requested to cover the cost for the meal.
What is discussed?
Over the 10 weeks of the Alpha, participants explore the following topics:
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?
Who is the Holy Spirit? What does he do?
How can I resist evil?
Why and how should I tell others?
Does God heal today?
What about the church?
Thinking about participating in Alpha at Park? Still not sure if this is your thing? The next courses start with a Launch Party on Tuesday, September 23. 6:45-9:00 pm. Come and see if this is a fit.
At the Launch, you'll get an opportunity to hear from someone who attended Alpha in the past, hear the first talk and get a feel for what a night at Alpha is like before the course begins the following week. Free parking available for the NN location in the lot adjacent to the building or in the garage at the NW end of the building off of Crosby.
Contact with questions.
"The 10 weeks of Alpha were phenomenal. As a complete outsider it gave me a very different perspective of what Christianity was. I’ve always thought about it as being exclusive but Alpha completely changed my mind and made me realize how inclusive and loving Christianity is. Nicky is the best speaker I’ve ever heard, he reminded me of my favorite teacher in middle school, he is completely riveting. But the best part about Alpha was the amazingly open discussion we had in our small group, which was completely unexpected. The diversity of the group meant we learnt so much from each other. There were people across the faith spectrum – from people who have been devout Christians searching for more understanding to someone like me, who had no idea about what Christianity was all about. I’m an engineer, faith is hard to come by for me, I needed solid proof and Alpha really helped provide a lot of it. After the Weekend Away I was completely enthralled with the idea of learning more, hence I signed up for Beta." (Beta is a follow up study offered after Alpha is completed)
SK June 2014