The Alpha Course
Date: Every Tuesday night for 8 weeks, from October 10th to November 28th
Time: 6:00pm - 8:15pm
Place: The Centre
Room: The Commons
See course details below.
Retreat Weekend Away
Date: November 17th-19th
Place: Cedar Springs
Cost: $195 (two nights/5 meals)
*As part of our Alpha course you will have the option to join us for a weekend away. Attending the retreat is not required to take the course, but is strongly encouraged for those who register. Registration for the retreat will open at a later date (after Oct 10th) for those who have registered for the course. See retreat details below.
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith
Each session looks at a different question, and is designed to create conversation. No two Alphas look the same–they run in coffee shops, churches, bars, prisons, universities, schools and homes. There’s no pressure, no follow-up and no charge; it’s just an open, informal, and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together.
What A Typical night of the Alpha Course looks like
All sessions start with a delicious (and free!) meal, because it’s a great way to connect, relax and build friendships.
The talks are designed to be engaging and inspire conversation. There are ten interactive sessions exploring the Christian faith. No pressure, no follow up, no charge. Usually around 30 minutes long, the talks explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions like “Who is Jesus?”, “Why and how do I pray?” and “How does God guide us?”
Probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas about the talk without being corrected or judged. There’s no obligation to say anything; it’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective. Debate and explore. Be honest, be friendly, listen well.
As part of our Alpha course you will have the option to join us for a weekend away, Nov 17th - 19th, at the amazing Cedar Springs Retreat Center in Lynden Washington (2 hr drive from Vancouver).
Registration for the retreat will open at a later date (after Oct 10th) for those who have registered for the course. Attending the retreat is not required to take the course, but is strongly encouraged for those who register.
The retreat cost is $195 (two nights/5 meals), so we wanted to give you the opportunity to take this into consideration ahead of time as you register. More information on the retreat will be announced in the Oct 10th alpha session, so please try to be there.
As Nicky Gumbel describes it, the weekend away is the “time when the penny drops eighteen inches: from the head to the heart.”