Our current session of Alpha began September 27.
Stay tuned for our next session that begins in February 2023!
Now, more than ever…
People are asking some of the most important questions of life as we face such uncertain times around the world. It is so important to process these current events and also the questions that come up in us, as we face time at home, isolation, and fear.
Alpha is a chance to ask these big questions and explore the Christian faith in a fun, non-pressurized environment. Each session includes a short film and a discussion where you can share what you think with a small group of people just like you.
What is Alpha?
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith.
Typically run over eleven weeks, each session looks at a different question that people can have about faith and is designed to create conversation. It’s just an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together.
Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch up over coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. Every session starts with food because it’s a great way to build community and get to know each other.
The talks are designed to engage guests and inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long, they can be given as a live talk or played as a video, all for free. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can I have faith?
Probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it 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.
What people are saying about Alpha…
We asked some participants from Winter Alpha 2021, “In a few words, what would you say Alpha has done for you?”
- “Enjoyed the group discussions, ice breakers, laughs, prayers, videos, and team. Everyone was so welcoming.”
- “I loved the positive videos.”
- “Helped me to pray better and have a better relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.”
- “Made my spiritual connection whole again with Jesus.”
Check out these video testimonies:
Upcoming Alpha Sessions
The current adult Alpha session began Tuesday, September 27, but you can still sign up and join us! We meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the Parish Center of St. Patrick Parish (406 Walnut St. Yorkville, IL), and dinner will be served so come hungry!