For the sixth consecutive year, St. John Church in Darien is offering the 10-week Alpha Experience beginning Wednesday, September 25, through December 4, 6:30 -9 p.m., in the Pierre Room at St. John Church, 1986 Boston Post Road, Darien CT. The course is also offered on Wednesday mornings 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. in the Conservatory.
Whether you are Christian, or have never worshipped in a church before, married or single, divorced or just looking for answers to life’s big questions, The Alpha Course is changing lives and communities all over the world by giving people new hope enlivened faith, and a real joy in believing. There will be good food, video presentations and group discussions in a friendly and open environment.
"If you have no belief or experience with Christianity, the Alpha course will show you the basics. If you are faithful, but have a difficult time expressing to other what you believe, Alpha will help you know what to say. If you consider yourself a knowledgeable Christian, Alpha will help fill in some gaps in what you know,” said Frank DeVito, St. John Alpha 2008.
Simply put, it helps rejuvenate your faith. Each week Alpha guests socialize with a delicious meal, enjoy a video presentation and engage in stimulating, small group discussion that offers a chance to get to know others, 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 Alpha course is an effective tool for awakening faith in people who are on the fringe of parish life, faithful Catholics and those outside the faith.
Worldwide, people who have participated in The Alpha Experience have had such
positive changes in their lives, in their relationships, and in their faith.
Alpha is for 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 a more meaningful relationship with God that really changes life. Others come for the close, long-lasting friendships that are built during the Alpha course.
“Here at St. John Church, and also internationally, people testify that Alpha has given them new hope, an enlivened faith, and a real joy in believing. It is worth making the effort to explore and participate in Alpha,” said Monsignor Frank McGrath, pastor of St. John Church.
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the Papal Household said, “. . . we need a new evangelization which, while being open to all the fullness of the truth and the Christian life, will yet be simple and basic. This is the reason why I look with interest and appreciation to the Alpha Course. It seems to me that it answers precisely this need of ours.”
Also commenting on Alpha is Archbishop Octavio Ruiz, Secretary for the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization who said, "The Alpha course, which I have had the opportunity to attend…is providential …. By means of a very simple and humane tool based on fraternity and friend-ship, Christ is introduced to the participants …."
“Let’s get the fire of love for God burning here at St. John’s!” said Monsignor McGrath.
There is a onetime registration fee of $20 payable to St. John Church/ ALPHA- 1986 Boston Post Rd. Darien CT 06820 For more information, please contact Jean Benitez at 655 5122 or send email to email@example.com.