Alpha Session Information
The Holy Spirit is on the move at St. Gerald! We want everyone at St. Gerald to have a chance to experience Alpha. We invite you to respond to the invitation, "Come and see!"
Alpha Sessions will be most MONDAY'S from February 1 through May 3, 2021. Each session will begin at 6:30 PM and end at 8:15 PM.
This year we are trying something new, in light of COVID-19 and also to help those who may find it difficult to come to the church for those or any other circumstances. Alpha will be hosted digitally and you will be able to join the sessions via video conferencing on Zoom!
There will be small group "break-out rooms" where you can get to know a group of 8 to 10 people. You will also be able to view the videos at the same time as the large group and see/hear the live emcee... all from your computer or tablet.
The course lasts 11 weeks. The Alpha course also includes a Friday evening to Saturday afternoon "Weekend Away." More information will be presented at Alpha regarding the weekend and weekly schedule for our Alpha sessions. Participants should watch your inbox for emails from StGeraldAlpha@gmail.com and you should feel free to send an email to that address or call the office at 402-331-1955 if you have any questions.
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Typically run over eleven weeks, each session looks at a different question that people can have about faith and is designed to create conversation. It's just an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life's big questions together.
What does Alpha look like?
There isn't really an average Alpha. Alpha is run in local communities all around the world, and everyone's welcome. It runs in cafes, churches, bars, prisons, parks, universities, schools, 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.
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.
The talks are designed to engage guests and inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long, they can be given as a live talk or played as a video, all for free. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can I have faith?
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.