No matter who you are - nonbeliever, cradle Catholic, or anywhere in-between - you’ve got questions, and that’s what Alpha is all about. We believe everyone curious about God, faith, or the Church deserves a great community and a solid introduction to Jesus and his message. Alpha helps connect participants to both Jesus and the community, which is why it’s step one of The Process.
What Are You Waiting For?
This Advent we want to encourage you to ask yourself this single question. Maybe you haven't been engaged with Jesus up until now...Maybe you've drifted away a bit (or even a lot)...Maybe you are engaged in your faith, but you're looking to take a next step, well, What Are You Waiting For?
Take the next step. Spend some time with Jesus this Advent by signing up for Alpha 201, Advent with Matthew or both!
Alpha 201 is a four week in-person experience taking place in the Church from 7-8:30pm on Dec 1, 8, 15, 22. This year we'll be spending each session exploring each of the first four Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.
Advent with Matthew is a daily scripture reflection email that can be sent straight to your inbox. You can pray and reflect with the Gospel of Matthew throughout Advent at your own pace, with family or friends.
Alpha @ SJE
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each session looks at a different question around faith and is designed to spark a thought provoking conversation. Since 1990, the Alpha Course has been taken by 29 million people of many Christian denominations from 169 countries in 122 languages. It is fully endorsed by the Catholic Church as a great starting place for many people interested in the faith.
What to Expect
Like most good things, Alpha involves food. Whether it's donuts and coffee or a full dinner, every Alpha starts with shared time together over food. It’s a great way to start building community and getting to know one-another.
All the 30-minute Alpha films are designed to spark good conversation while exploring the big issues of faith and unpacking the fundamentals of Christianity. Every film addresses a particular question such as: Who is Jesus? And, how can we have faith?
For many people this is the most valuable part of their Alpha experience: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the week's topic and discuss it as a small group. Nobody is forced to say anything and nothing is out of bounds. These discussion groups are a great opportunity to hear from others and share your own thoughts in a friendly and supportive environment.
Alpha 201 is coming back Spring 2020!