ALPHA

 

For the past 3 months, over 80 people have been participating in

the Alpha Course held in AvonStour Pastoral Area. Overall about

120 people have been involved,including leaders and helpers.

 

On Tuesday 6th June, everyone involved was invited to an Alpha

Celebration Evening to bring the Alpha Course to an end by sharing stories of their Alpha journey. It was amazing! God has clearly been working in many wonderful ways in people's lives through Alpha, some very powerful, moving and life-changing. This applies whether they were already regular church-going Catholics or those with little or no connection to a Christian community.

 

So many commented on the new friends made and the sense of love, friendship, support, community and belonging, both in the small groups and the large group. Some said they were given new hope/purpose for their lives and many had existing faith strengthened and deepened. Significant numbers moved to being open for the first time to a personal relationship with Jesus.

 

Some had powerful insights and experiences of the Holy Spirit during prayer ministry and silent prayer time (some life-changing).

Many are now keen to take up the offer of further opportunities for growth and sharing, whether it be exploring the faith and continuing community in housegroups through our forthcoming 'Come to the Feast' initiative, gathering for praise, worship, prayer and reflection in our 'Welcome to Worship' evenings, helping to run further Alpha Courses in their local areas to bring others to encounter Jesus through the Holy Spirit as they have done, or other ways.

 

 

We had a wonderful team of people from across all six churches in our Pastoral Area helping to make it possible in so many ways, and the sense of shared purpose, mission and support has been powerful, unifying and exciting.

 

Some comments from a few of those who took part:

 

  • “a great boost to the practice of my faith”;
  • “I was feeling lost and have found the course has helped me feel considerably more positive and has also helped me to understand more about the bible and in particular the Holy Spirit”;
  • “given me back my enthusiasm… I feel invigorated”;
  • “has changed my direction in life… has given me a purpose. I am now attending church regularly every Sunday, and have joined a Bible group”;
  • “has given me the confidence to be more open with friends and family about my faith”; “Alpha is special because it is a place where you can talk about things you usually don't talk about... made me open the door to Jesus just a bit more.”

 

THANK YOU! to everyone who helped in any way, including all those from across the Pastoral Area who contributed to our Meal Sponsorship fund, which helped enormously!

 

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