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What is Alpha?   Alpha is a series of 11 sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each session includes food, a short video that is designed to spark a thought provoking conversation, and group discussion. There is no pressure, no follow up and no charge.  Since 1990,  Alpha has been experienced by 29 million people of many Christian denominations from 169 countries in 112 languages. It is fully endorsed by the Catholic Church as a great starting place for many people interested in the faith.

Winter/Spring 2020 Alpha is currently underway! 

No matter who you are, nonbeliever, cradle Catholic, or anywhere in-between, you’ve got questions, and that’s what Alpha is all about. Alpha is for anyone who is curious.  The talks are designed to encourage conversation, and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds, and you are free to discuss as little or as much as you wish.

What are people saying about Alpha?  

"Alpha was an unexpected, impactful experience for me. I came to the first session thinking that I would be just helping others find a relationship with Jesus but, I found that my own relationship with Jesus was strengthened even more. From the first video - I was all in! The food and fellowship made for a memorable time for sure. I would recommend Alpha to anyone and have already been promoting it. 

We say, “Don’t walk, Run to sign up for the next Alpha”  Come and see!"

David Brown

"To be honest, I may have been the most reluctant person at my table to attend Alpha; a very unusual position for me! I didn't want to spend time "studying something" that wasn't Catholic. Within two weeks, my entire interior was transformed, strengthened, joyful, and more committed. I have never experienced a more life-enhancing program. Please - do it!"

Kimi Brown

"We would like to share our experience with you on a faith based journey that we embarked on a couple of months ago. We are always looking into furthering our faith & finding a deeper relationship with Jesus. In this fast paced world some days is hard to just keep focus on HIM. If you or someone you know is struggling with faith OR if you just need that “pick me up” faith booster … COME to the Alpha program!! Such a great course, one that helps build your relationship with the Holy Spirit. We highly enjoyed these evenings & want YOU to enjoy them too!!! Go ahead … sign up for the next course …you won’t regret it!!! … It’s food for the soul & your belly!!! Delicious too!" 

Ron & Jeanie Bergman

"I have questioned religion and faith for many years. No one or thing could provide me with answers that didn't cause me further doubt and confusion; until Alpha.  I came across a Facebook post announcing the newest session and I felt drawn to it.  It offered fellowship, a meal and discussion about questions one might have about God and faith.  So I went and am grateful that I did.  I finally have answers to some of my questions.  I still have many more steps in my journey to Christ, but am thankful that Alpha has shown me the path that my journey should take."

Sherrie Brandehoff

" “Timing is everything”! Alpha was perfectly placed before me at the exact perfect time.  My table hosts and my group were so supportive and encouraging. If you have ever wondered if 11 weeks of Alpha could make a difference in your life, the answer is YES!!  No matter where you are in life or what your beliefs are – you will benefit from this program. Come and See!!"

Toni Manger

 “In today’s busy and noisy world it is so easy to let our spiritual lives become stagnant.  For me Alpha was a great way to renew my spiritual life and put my focus back on God.  I particularly enjoyed our group discussions and forming new friendships.  Whether you are searching for big answers such as to existence of God and his role in your life or if you are just in need of a spiritual renewal, I believe everyone can benefit from this program. I highly recommend Alpha!"

Nick Cooper


 
What to Expect
Good FoodLike most good things, Alpha involves food. Whether its a light meal or a full dinner, every Alpha starts with shared time together over food.  It’s a great way to get to know one-another and build fellowship.
Good FilmsAll of 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:  Is there more to life than this? Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith?
Good DiscussionsFor many people this is the most valuable part of their Alpha experience: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on that 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 Facts
Is Alpha a Catholic program?  No, BUT...
* Alpha shares the kerygma (“basic Gospel message”) and contributes to parish renewal.
* Alpha enables lay people to exercise their call to be missionary disciples.
* Alpha is a proven form of community evangelization.
* Alpha develops Catholic leaders.
* Alpha works great in conjunction with programs of sacramental preparation. 

"Alpha brings people closer and helps them to find that power which unites. The Alpha experience is not only a means through which one finds true life, but also a way to share the good news of the Living Christ." 
 - Cardinal Marc Ouellet

Looking for more info on Alpha?  
Contact Lori Wilson 419-738-2115   or Angie Woodruff  937-441-6287 or go to ALPHAUSA.org  or alphausa.org/catholic



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