The Alpha Course

In August 2012 two couples from Port Pirie attend the first Proclaim Conference.  The Conference challenged us to respond to the mandate to our baptismal call and to become evangelisers of our faith.  We decided to use the Alpha Course to help aid us in this role as evangelisers. 

Alpha over the next two years became a household name within the St. Marks Parish, and later within parts of the Port Pirie Diocese.

Our first step was to pray, we spent time together praying about Alpha, time praying in groups and quiet time before the Blessed Sacrament saturating this whole venture in prayer. With our Bishop and Parish Priest supporting us and helping us to promote Alpha we were able to speak at Sunday Mass to offer a simple explanation of what it was all about. We advertised through the Parish bulletin and had an open invitation for people to attend.  We approached a team of people in our Parish to pray every day for the duration of the 10 week program.

The program from the practical side is about hospitality. It means going the extra mile to let people know that they are worthwhile and valued by their Church family. The spiritual side is surrendered to Jesus as we ask him to strengthen the hearts of those seeking him out in their personal life. We strongly believed that soaking Alpha in prayer, followed by the practical and spiritual aspects of this program has become the key to evangelising communities within our diocese.

We have discovered that the experience of Alpha allows the individual to accept that call of Jesus, over time, we have witnessed people who have done Alpha accept ownership of their faith and step out to take on Ministry roles and responsibilities within their Parish.

Alpha which began in Holy Trinity Church Brompton (London) has exploded world wide using this simple method of, “Loving One Another as I have Loved You’. It is now in 162 countries and growing. It targets all languages, cultures and ages.

Briefly, Alpha involves –
    10 week commitment duration of 1.30 hours per week
    A day or weekend away after week 6 depending on what your Alpha leaders have booked
    A DVD presentation followed by a discussion
    A personal experience of hospitality and fun

Our best advice for those seeking to deepen a personal  relationship with Jesus is to answer his invitation to “Come and See.”

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