What is Alpha?
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone’s welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes—you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.
First up, there is Food Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch up over coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. Most sessions start with food because it’s a great way to build community and get to know each other.
Then, there is a talk
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long and delivered over about eleven weeks, they can be given as a live talk or played as a video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions from Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? to Why and how do I pray? and How does God guide us?
This is followed by a discussion Probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything and there’s nothing you can’t say (seriously). It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.
What is The Marriage Course?
The Marriage Course is a series of seven sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage.
Nicky and Sila Lee, authors of The Marriage Book, developed The Marriage Course for couples looking for practical support to strengthen their relationship. The course is designed to help couples build strong foundations, learn to communicate more effectively and resolve differences well.
Courses are run in various locations, including churches, homes and cafés, all around the globe.
“There’s no counselling, no airing of dirty linen in public, no group therapy – and it seems to work.”
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Who is it for?
The Marriage Course is for couples who are seeking to strengthen their relationship. Some couples do the course to intentionally invest in their relationship, others are looking to address more specific challenges. Either way, the course offers essential tools and practical ideas to help you build a relationship that lasts a lifetime.
The Marriage Course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background.
Based on Psalm 139:7, there is a saying that “God is everywhere present but not everywhere known.” The purpose of our Presence events is to gather together and worship and pray, without any pre-planned schedule, seeking to draw close to God with no other agenda other than to encounter His presence, in order that we might know by experience as well as by faith and His word that God is near (Exodus 33:18).
These times allow God’s Spirit to make known His love and power to work and move among us, his people, without the sermons and the other aspects of Sunday church life to divide up our time.
There is often a short teaching on the Holy Spirit at the beginning of these times and the use of all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are encouraged.
As with times devoted to drawing close to God through His word, and walking close to God by faith, encountering God when He chooses to manifest Himself among His people is one of the awesome provisions for His people.
An amazing church leader in the 19th century called Charles Spurgeon one said that “prayer is the [engine] room of the church.” It is part of God’s strategy to set the spiritual temperature among His people.
At LifeChurch we believe that prayer is a powerful way for His people to draw close to Him and to seek for Him to act on His will.
We involve prayer in everything we do. However, we gather every Wednesday morning at 6:30am at the House of Prayer in Warrington (http://warringtonhop.org.uk) to pray more specifically for the needs of our church, for our town, for the nations, and for other churches in the area.