We finished the Alpha Course for 2018 in Tuesday night. We used the Alpha Film Series this year which was completely amazing. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=alpha+film+series
The course was for Lucy and I at the very least, the high point of our week. Our 12 candidates pretty much stayed the course and we had some wonderful discussions and a lot of laughs. We were very fortunate to be fed every evening by our wonderful volunteer cooks under the direction of Jude Mezger, so thank you so much to Jude and to Charlotte and Patrick Appleby, Gilly Greenwood, Sarah Hunt, Gerry Stacey, Elizabeth Bouldin, Jill Croft, Lavinia and Nick Owen and also to Amanda Seymour, Sara Janssen, Brigid McManus and John Bouldin who helped serve and wash up. Thank you also to the DCC of St John’s church who keep everything going there and enable us to use this wonderful building as our venue. Thank you also to the Owens for inviting us into their home for the Holy Spirit Day.
Every evening our seats were laid out for us by Vernon Tottle for whom this was a lot of extra work and to whom we are very grateful. Thank you also to Beccy Clark for all the administrative support and setting up and taking down the projection and sound equipment every evening – ‘roadie’ was never part of Beccy’s job description so thank you also to her.
As we receive them I will post on this page the comments made by our course members (anonymously of course).
Our next Alpha Course will start in September 2019. Please do let me know if you would like to attend.
A letter to those living in Itchen Valley Parish
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith.
We will be running an Alpha Course on Tuesday evenings beginning on Tuesday 18th September 2018. There are nine sessions and there is a break for half term. There is an Alpha Spirit Day on Saturday 3rd November.
The first evening is entitled ‘Is there more to life than this?’
No pressure. No follow up. No charge
FOOD TALK DISCUSS
“What Alpha offers and is attracting thousands of people, is permission, rare in secular culture, to discuss the big questions; life and death and their meaning” The Guardian
Why do Alpha – see the following article published in Itchen Valley News September 2014 edition: https://itchenvalleychurches.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1247&action=edit