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How often do you get the time to step back and consider what life is all about?  I mean, “What life is really all about.”  You know – the big questions – like, “Why are we here?”  “Is there any purpose?”  “What about God?”  “Can we reconcile a loving God with suffering in the world?”  How does God really fit into our personal lives?

How often have you had the opportunity to discuss these questions comfortably and honestly with a small group of people without being judged? For those who are searching, for those who are unsure, for those who merely wish to find out what Christian faith is about, The Alpha Course represents a wonderful opportunity to think, to learn, and to discuss the questions of life.  For those of us who already have a relationship with Jesus, joining such a group will provide a wonderful opportunity to reflect on that friendship and share what it means to us with others.  For all of us on our faith journey, exploration of our faith together can provide another step along the path.

Alpha began when, over twenty-five years ago, The Reverend Charles Marnham, a curate at Holy Trinity, Brompton (London) began putting together discussion group materials to teach the basics of the Christian faith in small groups in his parish.  Marnhan`s wife Tricia suggested the name Alpha.  Soon the classes came to be used as an introduction for those interested in exploring faith questions more broadly.  In 1990, the course was taken over by The Reverend Nicky Gumbel who developed and expanded it significantly. In 2008 over 33,500 courses were offered in 163 countries by Anglican, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, United Church of Canada and many other Christian denominations.  Over fifteen million people worldwide have attended an Alpha course.

Starting Wednesday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m., David McMaster will lead The Alpha Course in the Parlour at Eastminster.  Come, join us!