WE’D LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO JOIN US AT THE ALPHA COURSE HERE AT RIVERSIDE CHURCH.
The Alpha Course is a brilliant opportunity to learn more about the Christian faith in a relaxed and friendly environment. You may have questions like:
What is the meaning of life?
What happens when we die?
Is Jesus Christ relevant to my life and the world today?
How do we deal with guilt?
WHAT TO EXPECT
For our online Alpha Course we use Zoom.
Each week we start with a welcome zoom call (approx. 15 mins), followed by an Alpha Film Series Session (approx. 25-30mins) followed by some discussion on zoom again in groups (approx. 1hr).
You will need to have set up the Zoom on your laptop/computer or downloaded the zoom app on your phone and have reasonable wifi or signal. We wil send you the links for the film sessions each week.
If you would like to find out more about our next Alpha Course please contact us. We would love to hear from you.
Our in-person Alpha courses are held either at our Central Hub (Riverside House) or in somone’s home. The details will be provided within each course description.
Each week we start with an informal catch-up with drinks and snacks (approx. 15 mins), followed by an Alpha Film Series Session (approx. 25-30mins) followed by some discussions again in groups (approx. 1hr).
WHAT WE WILL COVER:
Week 1 – Is there more to life than this?
Week 2 – Who is Jesus?
Week 3 – Why did Jesus die?
Week 4 – How can I have faith?
Week 5 – Why and how should I pray?
Week 6 – Why and how should I read the Bible?
Week 7 – Who is the Holy Spirit?
Week 8 – What does the Holy Spirit do?
Week 9 – How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?
Week 10 – How can I resist evil?
Week 11 – What about the Church?
READ OLI'S STORY
Before becoming a Christian I considered myself an agnostic. I had little understanding of the extent of historical evidence that supports the Bible and I didn’t know the facts surrounding when it was written and the reliability of critical analysis of early scripture.
I thought that Christians were weak in convincing themselves of a higher power and I considered this an excuse to not take responsibility for things or be the masters of their own destiny.
Not believing in God means that you are, by default, the architect of your own moral code. Before being a Christian I didn’t concern myself too much with acting honorably or doing right by people. I figured that we live in a ‘dog eat dog’ world so it was inevitable that I would have to tread on a few toes now and again.
I used to argue about faith with a Christian friend of mine from London and would berate her during the discussions because she never seemed able to handle my challenges. She was not a practicing Christian at the time and I couldn’t see the benefit of upholding something that didn’t seem to provide any benefit to her life.
However, I was receptive to the Alpha Course because I was more concerned with a balanced argument and finding the truth. After reading a number of books and a series of discussions with various people I came to the conclusion that there was a stronger argument for God than against Him and so I became a Christian.
Monday Daytime Course (1:30pm – 3pm) for 11 weeks:
Course has started but you can still sign-up.