Alpha

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.

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Advent 2020

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

Good Food

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.

 

Good Films

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?

 

Good Discussions

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.

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Alpha 201 is coming back Spring 2020!

FAQs

I’ve been a practicing Catholic for years, should I come to Alpha?


YES! Alpha creates an opportunity for an authentic encounter with Christ, and regardless of where you are in your faith journey, that experience can never grow old or unimportant.




My friend doesn’t go to Church, can they come to Alpha?


YES! Alpha is for anyone and everyone—people at all different places in their faith, even nonbelievers, are welcome and invited to come and see what Alpha is all about.




What do I need to bring?


Nothing. While there is no need to take notes, as there aren’t any tests or assessments, many people do like to bring a notepad and pen to write down interesting or insightful things they hear.




Is there childcare provided?


YES! We’re happy to provide free on-site childcare. All that we ask is that you give prior notice of the number and age of children attending.





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