2020 Lenten Study: Exploring faith through Alpha

2020 Lenten Study: Exploring faith through Alpha

Our annual parish-wide Lenten Study Program begins Tuesday, March 3! We meet from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at church for five consecutive Tuesdays in March. This year we will participate in the recently updated Alpha.

You might be wondering what Alpha is … “Alpha is a tool built for local churches based on hospitality, sharing and open conversation.” 

For those unfamiliar with our Lenten study program, Tuesday evenings start with a simple supper of soup, salad, mac and cheese, and cookies. After dinner, we will view an Alpha video segment and then discuss it in small groups. We will close the evening with Compline, an evening prayer service from the Book of Common Prayer.

The new Alpha videos are amazing and they highlight scriptural truths to encourage and strengthen everyone’s faith. Even if you have done Alpha in the past, you don’t want to miss this newer version! We will introduce Alpha the first week, then present videos on Jesus, the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and the Church body the following weeks.

Fr. Ron Baird frequently encourages us to invite friends to church. With Alpha, this is a non-Sunday opportunity to do just this, as it was created specifically to introduce co-workers, friends and neighbors to the Good News of God’s love in Christ. 

For the dinner, we ask for volunteers to sign up ahead of time to bring food. Watch for the registration sheet, as well as food sign-ups, at the Information Desk and online. Feel free to come late or leave early, depending on your family or work schedule. Food is never put away early, although we make no promises that the mac and cheese will last very long, as it’s a parish favorite!

We also offer a program for our preschool and elementary aged children, as well. Fr. Shane Tucker is encouraging youth to participate with the adults, or to volunteer to be helpers with the kid’s program.

Please start praying now, asking God to reveal to you who you know who needs to be invited. While this will only be a “Taste of Alpha” over Lent, as a church we hope to invite anyone from our region to experience Alpha, in full, this fall. It is our sincerest hope that we will have the biggest turnout yet, since we started this tradition eight years ago. We know everyone is busy, but we encourage you to try to make some or all of the five Tuesdays in March. 

Email us for more information about Alpha, or the Tuesday Lenten Study Program, or sign up below to attend and/or provide food.

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