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Alpha - Next Course Dates TBA

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 once.

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 Date - TBAIt 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 motion graphics.

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 follow Jesus.

The current course has now finished but if you are interested in coming for whatever reason in future and want to find out more, you can email me revpye@gmail.com (sorry, technophobes, but you can also ring me 01438 817396 or call at 15 St Martin's Road!)

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 Easter.

Jim Pye

 

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