The Alpha Course

You may have heard mention recently about the Alpha Course around Walla Walla. First Presbyterian will be resuming Alpha on Wednesday, September 4th, at 6pm. If you have questions about Christianity, the Meaning of Life, or are struggling with how faith in God balances with the realities of pain in the world, this is a safe place to consider those questions with others. A faith commitment is not a prerequisite to join in. Whether you have already committed your life to Jesus, or are just curious, the invitation is the same; to enter in conversation together. The Alpha Course lasts 11 weeks and we hope that you are able to come if you feel the Lord putting this on your heart. Please let us know if we can be of assistance or answer any questions for you.

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WHAT IS ALPHA?
The Alpha course covers the basics of Christianity. It answers questions like: “Who is Jesus?” “Why did he die?” “Why and how do I pray?” “Why and how should I read the Bible?” “Is there more to life than this? “ “How can I make the most of the rest of my Life?” (click here for a brochure)
The Alpha course begins September 4th on Wednesday evenings, where guests gather for about two hours. They share an informal meal, listen to a talk on how Christianity approaches the question at hand, then gather into small groups for discussion. The talks each week act as a springboard for small group discussions.

(click to watch testimonials from folk who have gone through Alpha)

WHAT MAKES ALPHA SPECIAL?
Real Conversation
What Alpha offers, and what is attracting thousands of people, is permission, rare in
secular culture, to discuss the big questions - life and death and their meaning. 
A Safe Place
Proponents and detractors alike indicate the open and friendly atmosphere of the Alpha course where a participant can ask any question coupled with the freedom to attend select talks or leave without a follow-up is a major factor in its success. The only restriction placed is that everyone respects everyone else at the table during discussion.
Invitation & Testimony
Usually an Alpha course involves 'previous course guests' inviting new ones, and a large number of published testimonies of guests around the world attribute this success to their discovering a relationship with God through the figure of Jesus Christ while attending a local Alpha course where they could proceed at their pace and freely converse about any topic.

HOW DO WE ALL CONTRIBUTE?
Alpha is most effective when the whole congregation is involved.  People can join in by praying, volunteering at a course, helping to raise funds for advertising, putting up posters, and – most importantly – inviting a friend.  If each congregation member where the Alpha course is running invited someone to come along it would be amazing!

To find out how you can help, feel free to speak with any of the Alpha Team here at First Presbyterian, email us at alpha@wwpc.org, or go to www.alphausa.org
. The Team (so far): Joleen Ferguson, Stan Hughes, Fern Leigh, Nancy Reiff, Mary Stanton, Rick Werner, and Deana York.

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