I first went on an Alpha course over 25 years ago. It was at a church very similar to SSCB. The minister invited Elders, house group members and the wider congregation to join.
Now, I am always in favour of anything related to food, so the weekly group meal at the start was a big attraction but I can honestly say that my favourite part of the evening was always after we watched the video, when we were in our small groups discussing the video and asking any questions. That was where I could ask all the daft questions I had always wanted to ask but didn’t feel confident enough to ask. The group leader and the rest of the group always made it feel so safe and supportive that it was just a joy to be part of it all.
The Alpha course was where I first really learnt about God as the Holy Spirit. I knew way more about God the Father and Jesus, the Son but not much about the Holy Spirit. Up until then most of my prayers were pretty much “Dear God/Jesus, please protect me and my family from bombs, earthquakes and volcanoes.” (It had worked so far, although when I did encounter all three later in life when we lived in Indonesia, God did protect us!) Anyway, we learnt to pray in a much more powerful and personal way than I had ever come across before and I can tell you that completely changed my relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in a way that has shaped my faith to this day.
So come and join the Alpha course, you won’t regret it, you will learn things about God and yourself and you may be surprised how much you get from it. You can remain in the comfort of your own home and although we might not be able to share a meal in person, I am sure it will still be one of the best choices you make all year. See you there.
[from Elspeth Pitt]