Alpha Leaders 2019

Serving at Alpha

SERVING at Alpha

Thank you for considering being on the Alpha team. Alpha is about being real, relational, reliant on the Holy Spirit, and reproducible by empowering others. These values shape how and why we do everything in Alpha, and we want all of our guests to have the best experience possible. 

There are so many benefits to volunteering at Alpha. You’ll have an opportunity to make new friends, serve your community, learn or develop a new skill, grow in your own faith, and ultimately, make a difference in someone’s life. We look forward to getting to know you and watching you grow through Alpha.


SERVING TEAMS

TABLE Host

Hosts are there to be a welcoming presence and facilitate discussion. They nurture the relationships and take responsibility for care and follow up of every person at the table.

  • Start Time: 5:40pm (for prayer before sessions)
  • End Time: 9:30pm (debrief after sessions)
  • Qualifications: Attends a community group, is a follower of Jesus, and is willing to share their testimony. Has a strong listening disposition, is not judgemental, and is caring. Has a high social intelligence and loves getting to know many people.
  • Commitments: Attend every session, attend the team training (October 12th from 9am - 2pm), pray weekly, fill out praise/prayer request forms weekly, and attend the Alpha Retreat (Nov 29-Dec 1, 2019).


tABLE Helper

Helpers are there to help the host and the guests with anything that might make the group experience even better. Helpers will mostly stay quiet in order to listen and pray silently as the discussion is unfolding.

  • Start Time: 5:40pm (for prayer before sessions)
  • End Time: 9:30pm (debrief after sessions)
  • Qualifications: Attends a community group, is a follower of Jesus, is willing to share their testimony. Has a strong listening disposition, as well as gentleness and compassion for others. Equipped with good discernment and attention to detail.
  • Commitments: Attend every session, attend the team training(October 12th from 9am - 2pm), pray weekly, fill out praise/prayer request forms weekly, attend the Alpha Retreat (Nov 29-Dec 1, 2019).


Greeting/Security

You will be the first face people see when they arrive at the door, representing an invitation to come into a safe space and rest. So important!

  • Start Time: 5:45pm (to prepare check in and be at the doors)
  • End Time: 9pm (to assist with cleanup of the greeting area)
  • Qualifications: Friendly, prepared to serve and welcoming.
  • Commitments: Attend every session, attend the team training (October 12th from 1pm - 2pm), pray weekly, and fill out praise/prayer request forms weekly.


Setup/Teardown

Bring beauty and ambiance to the evening. Everything goes in its place! This team is the gears that make the night happen.

  • Start Time: 4:30pm (start setup of all areas)
  • End Time: 9:30pm (all materials put away)
  • Qualifications: Loves behind the scenes work, attention to detail, and has a heart to see people equipped for their work, enjoying the space, and having a great time.
  • Commitments: Attend every session, attend the team training (October 12th from 1pm - 2pm), pray weekly, and fill out praise/prayer request forms weekly.


Kitchen

Dishing up can be a chore, but this team distributes the food with an extra helping of joy and humility. Engage with people over a plate, bring a smile to their face, and love the kitchen the Lord has given. Please note: this team is still looking for a leader, an option you can select when you register.

  • Start Time: 5pm (kitchen setup), 6pm (servers/cleanup)
  • End Time: 9:15pm (kitchen fully returned to normal)
  • Qualifications: Loves to serve and host, no debilitating food allergies, gift of encouragement, loves food and kitchen work.
  • Commitments: Attend every session, attend the team training(October 12th from 1pm - 2pm), pray weekly, and fill out praise/prayer request forms weekly.

 

register

 *NOTES:
- Registering to serve does not mean you will be automatically added to the teams. A leader will contact you within a few days to follow up on the next steps.
- Everyone that serves will be able to view the alpha content and engage in discussions. 


alpha prayer


Prayer has been woven into all aspects of Alpha. Everyone that serves in Alpha is invited to pray.

Alpha is covered by a 24/7 prayer team, an intercessory prayer team praying before, during and after the sessions, and a weekly prayer team that prays not just for Alpha but the whole body of Westside.

Learn how to get involved on the Alpha Prayer page or email iprayforalpha@wchurch.ca.


ALPHA TEAM LEADER BIOS

Tina Tory leads our Setup/Teardown Team

Tina is one of the most pleasant, outgoing people you will meet who makes everything fun! (So much pressure, sorry Tina!) She split duties with one other person to oversee setup and teardown at the last round of Alpha. She could really use a few more helping hands this fall to build a beautiful ambiance for Alpha!


Stephen Botha leads our Host Team

Q: What do you love about Alpha?

A: I like getting to truly know people, and Alpha creates this scenario in a non-superficial way. You can see it in their faces when people begin to engage on topics they clearly have been dying to talk to somebody about. There’s something different during an Alpha and I love it!

Q: Do you have a short story of God's grace in Alpha you can share?

A: It's hard to give just one story from Alpha that will ignite your hearts and inspire you to leap forward—for me, Alpha is a daily reminder of how God has sustained me. Alpha is a journey that's only worth it if you can be open and honest about yourself and what you've been through. I’ve known many tragedies and painful moments, but here I stand with only a physical scar and a heart that is full of love for the Lord. God is still using me in His story and I am often brought to tears by his grace in the midst of what I have been through, who I meet, and how He works. I am humbled to be a part of His work through Alpha.

Q: What is your prayer for Alpha?

A: I pray that those who attend Alpha will see the relational dividing lines they have built up dissolve, and that they will be open to listen carefully to other personalities and beliefs. That Alpha will be a place people can be themselves and can find answers to the questions that have hindered them from understanding God's message of how loved they truly are. 


Silvy Botha leads our Helper Team

Q: What do you love about Alpha?

A: I love that we get to have meaningful conversations and develop deeper friendships in such a short time.

Q: Do you have a short story of God's grace in Alpha you can share?

A: The first time I was a helper years ago, I shared about living with severe life-long anxiety. It created the opportunity for a girl in the group to connect and feel understood in her own struggle with anxiety and depression, and find the boldness to be vulnerable about her story.

Q: What is your prayer for Alpha?

A: I pray that Alpha would flourish as a place to connect with people who don’t know Jesus and a place of authentic, spiritual friendships, and community that can be scarce in this city. I pray for the people attending to be changed and moved by the love of Christ, that what happens at Alpha would carry on with them beyond the course. 


Cory Chiasson is our Worship/Tech leader

Q: What do you love about Alpha?

A: Alpha was a huge step out of my comfort zone. It quickly became a place to hang around some new friends that I normally wouldn’t get the chance to meet or hang out with.

Q: Do you have a short story of God's grace in Alpha you can share?

A: It amazed me how it became such a great place to talk about the core issues of faith in a community setting, on top of sharing a great meal. It was cool how each of us were at different places in our lives and in our faith, but we were all willing to listen and explore the topics and navigate the terrain together.

Q: What is your prayer for Alpha?

A: My prayer for Alpha is that the Father would bring people who have been searching for answers and He would start to bring clarity and love to them through the course. That they would meet solid people who can walk with them through this adventure of faith.


Abby Seinin leads our Prayer Team

Q: What do you love about Alpha?

A: The sense of humility I experience every Alpha when I witness how powerfully the Holy Spirit is at work among us, which reminds me that it’s not about me.

Q: Do you have a short story of God's grace in Alpha you can share?

A: “I didn’t know that it was a Christian thing!”. She had followed her best friend to Alpha, not opening the invitation she had been sent. Her guard was up. She was angry at God for not answering her prayers as a child to save her family from an abusive father. Still, she listened attentively and asked to hear our stories, coming back session after session. The last night, she was beaming. During the talk, she told us what happened at home after the last session. The Spirit had filled her with a joy she never experienced before. She had called her best friend, who invited her to come to Christ. They prayed over the phone and her life changed forever. She was the last person I thought would come to Christ at my table. Since then I never underestimate the Holy Spirit’s power to change the hardest heart.

Q: What is your prayer for Alpha?

A: I pray to be blown away by the Lord like never before in Alpha! To see our boldest prayers for Alpha and for our Church answered, way more than what we prayed for or imagined and finally say “My God, I am so much in awe of you! How in love I am with you!”


Skyler Tarrant leads our Greeting/Security Team

Q: What do you love about Alpha?

A: My love for Alpha is the opportunity have a open discussions with a group of people from all beliefs that is centred around God, and show who Jesus really is.

Q: Do you have a short story of God's grace in Alpha you can share?

A: For me, attending a church was about showing up for service, then leaving before really talking to people. Then, someone random (that I now consider a friend) invited me to attend Alpha. The relationships that developed from my first Alpha group gave me a small start to building community in church, which later led me into a community group. The next Alpha I got an opportunity to become a leader where I learned to walk alongside others in faith (as I too was growing). Eight years later, I can say Alpha keeps blessing me in each new season, while the Lord deepens the relationships I have with friends of past groups.

Q: What is your prayer for Alpha?

A: That people will reach out and invite a person that, like myself, just needed an invitation. That Alpha would provide a safe place for all of us to invite people that may not be ready or willing to attend a church service.