Alpha – Create the Space
It is a church-inspired response to the challenges of sharing faith and to mobilize Christians in Canada to invite people in their life to discover a relationship with Jesus.
We’re focusing on working with church-goers with the aim of seeing the whole church, every single person, share life, faith and Jesus with at least one person.
80% of Alpha guests come because they are invited by a Christian they are in relationship with already. We want to support that with new resources to encourage the whole church body to experience the joy of sharing Jesus and seeing friends lives transformed.
What is Alpha?
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith.
Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone’s welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes—you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.
Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch-up over coffee, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. All sessions start with food, because it’s a great way to connect, relax and build friendships.
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Each talk is around thirty minutes long and given as a played as a video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions from Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? to Why and how do I pray? and How does God guide us?
One of the most important parts of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and discuss in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything and there’s nothing you can’t say (seriously). It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.
We need people like you to be willing to create a space for discussion.
What is required of me to host an Alpha?
You’re asked to find a place, choose a time, provide light snacks, and fasciliate discussion.
You’ll also need a TV or computer, internet connection (we can also provide a USB with videos)
What happens if I'm not a good teacher?
No worries! The videos do all the teaching for you! All you have to do is show up, be hospitable, and be friendly. We’ll cover a few more things on our training night (Details will be sent to you)
I'm not techy, what do I do?
No problem! Sign up, and in the comments section, mention that. We’ll make sure to train you or someone in your group! It’s easy!
What kind of food do I provide?
If you’re hosting an Alpha between 5-7pm, people will probably expect some sort of meal. If providing a meal doesn’t work, please look at running an Alpha outside this time, where you can offer light snacks instead. Coffee, tea, water are a must 🙂
If you’re hosting this at a work space, (ie, lunch time), people will often bring their own lunch, so it’s even easier for you!
What are my time commitments?
Alpha runs weekly for 11 weeks, starting the week of January 13, 2020 and going until Saturday, April 4, 2020. Each session generally last 90 minutes, with the videos themselves no longer than 30 minutes.
January 7 – Alpha Training for Hosts
January 13-19 – Alpha Sessions Start
March 6-8 – Holy Spirit Weekend at Camp Stillwood (all Alphas invited to join)
April 4 – Final Alpha hosted at Northside (all Alphas invited, celebration night)
I have a space available, but am not available to fascilitate the group.
Email Pastor Greg HERE