What is Alpha?
I think the Archdiocese of Detroit says it best, “Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith, in a friendly, open, and informal environment, usually over a meal. Alpha is no-cost, no-pressure, and no-commitment.” Alpha is a 10-week course (Thursday nights, Westbrook Church, starting Thursday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m.) where we will share a meal and watch a short video, which is followed by an interesting discussion. Childcare will be provided.
What can I expect?
My goal for alpha this year is to create a safe space where people can feel free to be themselves. A space where people can feel free to ask tough questions about life without judgment, a space where there is no need to have all the right answers, a space where you are welcome even if you don’t have the slightest idea who God is.
Listen, if you don’t have your life all together, you’ll fit right in. The food is good, and the discussions are lively. You’ll be glad you came.
Who is alpha for?
As a host, I am asked to help invite people, which begs the question, who should I invite? I pondered this for a while. Is it for atheists? Is it for people that are new to their faith? Is it for people that have strayed from the faith? I thought about it until it felt like my mind was going to start on fire. Then it hit me... Alpha is for people who don’t regularly experience their faith.
It occurred to me that a person could be a bible expert and not really know God. As they say, knowledge is not transformation. So, if your life isn’t filled with contentment and peace, I would like to personally invite you. If that isn't you, I dare you to invite someone else.