Why am I here? Where am I going? What am I doing here? These questions and many more are the focus of The Alpha Course, a 10-week exploration of the teachings of Jesus that answers questions about God, the meaning of life and more. As of May 2011, 4,355 churches have facilitated the study with three million guests in attendance. Stonebridge United Methodist Church (UMC), located at 1800 S. Stonebridge Drive, is hoping to see many new faces from throughout the community in attendance as The Alpha Course begins on January 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the church.
“People who attend Alpha come to investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus and more,” Chris Givens, Alpha coordinator at Stonebridge UMC, said. “Others want to get beyond religion and find a true relationship with God that ultimately changes their lives. They also seek the long-lasting friendships that develop during the 10 weekly sessions.”
The Alpha Course is for anyone who thinks there may be more to life than meets the eye. Whether a seasoned Bible study participant or a beginner, people who attend Alpha come from all different backgrounds, religions and viewpoints.
“I have been a table leader in the Alpha program four different times now and I have learned something new with each time,” said Kurt Roy, Stonebridge UMC member and Alpha graduate. “Alpha is a really powerful ministry and I recommend it to anyone regardless of where they are in their faith.”
Alpha at Stonebridge UMC will begin with an Introductory Dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the church. The 10-week sessions will then meet on Monday evenings at the church, February 6 – April 2 from 7-8:30 p.m. Childcare is available. Registrations can be made online at www.mysumc.org/adult-small-groups.