Hope Episcopal Church
190 Interlachen Rd.
Melbourne, FL 32940
321-259-5810
Services: 8:00 (Traditional) & 10:15 (Contemporary)
Copyright 2012 - 2018
Hope Episcopal Church, Melbourne, FL
 
The Alpha Course
 
 

Alpha is a worldwide phenomenon. It's found in over 160 countries. It's run
in tens of thousands of churches of all denominations. More than 13 million
people have taken this opportunity to explore the meaning of life. Perhaps
its your turn.

Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly
setting. The Alpha course usually meets once per week for 10 weeks, and
includes an amazing one-day or weekend getaway. Each session, people
enjoy great food, laughter and learning in a fun and friendly atmosphere
where no question about life or God is seen as too simple or too hostile
questions like Is there a God? Why am I here? Where did I come from?
Where am I going?

Alpha is for anyone anyone who thinks there may be more to life than meets
the eye. People attend from all backgrounds, religions, and viewpoints.
They come to investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose
of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus and more. Some people want to
get beyond religion and find a relationship with God that really changes life.
Others come for the close, long-lasting friendships that are
built during the Alpha course.

Many guests have never been to church, others may have attended church
occasionally but feel they have never really understood the basics of the
Christian faith. Everyone is welcome.

The Alpha course usually lasts 10 weeks, with a day or weekend getaway
in the middle. Courses vary in size, from one small group meeting in a home,
to hundreds of people in a church. Some courses are held over morning
coffee or during a lunch hour. Most are evening courses, typically lasting
2 hours.

Each gathering begins with a meal or refreshments - a chance to get to
know others. Then there is a short talk which looks at a different aspect
of the Christian faith each week.

This is followed by a time of discussion in small groups, where everyone
is welcome to contribute their opinion and ask questions. People usually
stay in the same small groups for the duration of the course so they can
get to know each other, continue discussions and deepen friendships.
The emphasis is upon exploration and discovery in a relaxed and informal
environment.

The talks each week cover the following topics, acting as a springboard
for the small group discussions:

Introduction Dinner: Is there more to life than this?

Introduction Dinner: Is there more to life than this?

Week 1: Who is Jesus?
Week 2: Why did Jesus die?
Week 3: How can we have faith?
Week 4: Why and how do I pray?
Week 5: Why and how should I read the Bible?
Week 6: How does God guide us?
Week 7: How can I resist evil?
Week 8: Why & how should we tell others?
Week 9: Does God heal today?
Week 10: What about the Church?