Near North | Launch Party Tuesday, January 21, 6:45-9 PM, Park Cafe, Second floor of Park Community Church | Course Runs on Tuesdays, January 28 through April 1
Lincoln Park | Launch Party Tuesday, January 21, 6:45-9 PM, Park Cafe, Second floor of Park Community Church, Near North Campus, 1001 N. Crosby | Course Runs on Tuesdays, January 28 through April 1
Rogers Park | Launch Party Sunday, January 26 | 11:45 AM - 1:45 PM | Rogers Park Campus | Course Runs on Sundays, February 2 through April 6
What is ALPHA?
Don't believe in God? Given up on church? Just Curious? Alpha gives everyone the opportunity to ask the tough questions about life and God, in a safe and friendly setting. The Alpha course meets once a week for 10 weeks. Each evening begins with a dinner followed by a short talk that looks at a different aspect of the Christian faith. This is followed by a time of discussion in a small group setting where everyone is welcome to dialogue and ask questions. Frequently asked questions are: Is there a God? Why am I here? What about other religions? What is my purpose?
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 help 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, January 21 for Near North and Lincoln Park and on January 26 at the Rogers Park Campus. 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.
An important question on my mind was- “How can I believe what was written in Bible, if I am not sure Jesus really existed?” A week after I asked that question, someone told me about an Alpha course for beginners. I was excited to take it! The first session at Alpha was about “The proof of Jesus’s existence”. This was incredible! I also started watching documentaries about how archeologists were trying to find evidences of Jesus’s existence on YouTube. At this point, I still hadn’t understood much about Holy Spirit, angels or Satan the fallen angel etc. In the beginning it sounded more like a fairy tale to me. My next big question came a few weeks into the course, I wanted to know was how we can be filled by the Holy Spirit. What is the difference between being filled by the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit being with you? That’s when I went on the weekend away with my friends at Alpha. Guess what they talked about? We spoke about the Holy Spirit for 2 full days! I felt like God was playing the “Shoot Questions & Get Answers” game with me.
I still had a lot of questions but for the 1st time I felt that I was a creation of God and there was no way I could understand all of God’s works because if I could, I would have been God. I didn't care if all my questions were not answered. The only thing I knew was, I didn't want to lose Jesus in my life. I accepted that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins and accepted him as my personal savior. I realized that having Christ in my life and feeling his presence every step of my life was the best thing that could ever happen to me!!
- TS 2013