I recently had major difficulties with my
computer. Sorry, technophobes, but I have to tell you that I had problems
sending emails, downloading files, saving files, and much more that I won't
bore you with! I tried all I could to find out the problem, scanning the
computer for viruses, the disk for errors & much more. After a week I
downloaded and installed some updates and this sorted out all the problems at
Sometimes things need updating to move with the
times. This has happened to the Alpha Course, which helps people find out
more about the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment.
Over 29 million people have
tried Alpha in 169 countries, and it has been
translated into 112 different languages.
First developed as a short course at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton,
London, in 1990 Nicky Gumbel took over running Alpha and found that many people
outside of the church wanted to explore the Christian faith. Alpha now runs in
every part of the global church, including the Catholic Church, the Orthodox
Church and all mainline Protestant denominations.
We are starting the latest 2016
Film Version of Alpha at St Martin's Church Centre on Wednesday, 19th April at 8pm. It is for
anyone who wants to investigate Christianity more in a relaxed surrounding.
The Film Version of the Alpha Course is with
Nicky Gumbel and two new presenters, Toby Flint and Gemma Hunt, who cover the
regular Alpha material in a way that everyone can relate to. The episodes feature inspiring stories and
interviews from all around the world, as well as visual illustrations and
It enables people to face up to life's big
questions. Why am I here? Where am I headed? Is there more to life than this?
Looking at historical evidence, people's experiences, as well as the Bible,
topics include; Who is Jesus? Why did he die? How can I be sure of my faith?
Why and how do I pray? How does God guide us?
Each session of the Alpha Course will feature a
film about an aspect of the Christian faith. This will last about 25 minutes
followed by the opportunity to discuss in a small group any issues, ask any
questions, or just listen. No question is out of bounds & you are free to
discuss as much or as little as you like. There is no charge. If you come and it doesn't help you can quit
when as you like!
We already have some people coming who are
considering Confirmation, confirming the promises made at their baptism to
If you are interested in coming
for whatever reason and want to find out more, you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org (sorry,
technophobes, but you can also ring me 01438 817396 or call at 15 St Martin's
There are also Taster DVD's available from St
Martin's Church which is open most days during term time. The Taster DVD
includes Episode 1 on it, "Is there more to life than this?", but it
can also be viewed at http://uk.alpha.org/watch
I have had the privilege of seeing many people's
lives transformed by the Christian faith through small groups, including the
Alpha Course. If Christianity is something that you have only considered from
afar but has never really clicked I would strongly encourage you to start
coming to the Alpha Course this April.
One of the most important questions addressed by
Alpha is "Did Jesus rise from the dead". I believe he did, that there is conclusive
evidence of this and would like to wish you and all those you love a joyous