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. Our live 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.
City Center – meets weekly on Tuesdays, September 20 start | 6:45-9 PM | 1001 N Crosby
South Loop – meets weekly, next start date TBD | 6:45-9 PM | 1347 S State St
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 live talks:
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 have questions?
“Why was I getting excited about church stuff? That seemed odd. I just couldn’t shake the need for answers; once I realized I wanted them I couldn’t shut my brain off.
I took copious notes during each talk at Alpha, partly because I was trying to hold onto all of the information and partly because if you give me a workbook, any workbook, I will take it upon myself to fill it with notes – nothing gives the OCD part of my mind more pleasure. I also felt a desire to learn everything I could. I read the Bible cover to cover (I understood maybe 30% of it), and through it all I went to Alpha, I listened, and I talked.
And an interesting thing started happening.
I have always been an anxious person, and I have lived my entire life with a voice in my head constantly reminding me how worthless I am. And yet… bit by bit, that voice started to get quieter and quieter. It happened so subtly that I didn’t even really notice it, but it happened. I started seeing the world differently. The internal mechanism I felt spinning inside of me constantly, forever reminding me to do something lest I be deemed worthless to society, started to slow down.
I started to feel a sense of peace. It was kind of amazing.
I had begun my quest for answers in a desire to prove that Jesus was everything I had been told… and somewhere along the way I realized I was I was no longer reading and listening in a desire to believe, but with the knowledge that the information I was given was backing up the things I already believed. It was that simple and that difficult all at the same time.