We have been running Alpha again this year and we almost completed two courses (the second cut short due to Covid-19).
The first Alpha course was run between September and December 2019, and the second started in January 2020, but needed to stop in March. Both of these courses have been a real blessing to run.
The Alpha team have all worked really hard this year to pull off two courses and each member of the team has been able to bring their own gifts and talents for the benefit of the guests who have attended. Thank you to every person involved in Alpha, for those who have provided food, been a part of the discussions, helped in set up and pack down, as well those who have been committed to praying for Alpha each week.
We have again used the Village Hall to host Alpha as we feel that this continues to provide the guests with a neutral venue to feel comfortable and bring their questions. We have also used our home on occasions to provide a more informal setting.
Moving forward we are adapting Alpha to respond to the current pandemic, and Alpha is moving online. On the 16th June, starting at 7:30pm, we are going to be launching an Adult and Youth Alpha via Zoom. We are going to be running the Youth Alpha and Maureen is heading up the Adult course.
Youth Alpha has been on our heart for a long time. While running the Adult course has been something amazing to be part of, there is now a really good team in place to continue to build on the work of previous courses. We have felt now it is time to shift our focus to the youth course. The idea behind running a Youth Alpha is that this will allow the young people in the church an opportunity to look at some of life’s big questions, explore their own faith and build relationships with each other. The Youth Alpha course is not solely for those young people in the church, therefore, if you have any young people you think might be interested, please let us know.
If you know anyone who you think would like to take part in Alpha, then please signpost them to the church website where all information is available on the new courses, and they can sign themselves up.
We truly believe that Alpha is a powerful tool to share the gospel and truth of Our God, in a way that allows people to go on their own journey of exploration and come to their own decision about their faith.
We would ask that you all continue to pray for the Alpha team, and the guests who are going to be on our next course. Please pray that God will continue to guide the way in which we run Alpha and also that He would use the team to reach the local community and share the good news of God.
Joel and Priscilla - Alpha Leaders