I’ve introduced Alpha to congregations, talked about it to Deanery, been on training at Holy Trinity Brompton, presented it by video and by doing the talks myself. However, today was a bit of a first – I was a helper (but more of a bystander) in the course running strongly at church this evening.
You can’t describe an Alpha course in one sentence, and you can’t summarise it by referring only to one aspect of it. It is a clear presentation of who Jesus is, and why that is relevant. But it is also something that happens in the chemistry between a group of people who work their way through it together. Invariable friendships are made, and a hunger to carry on doing ‘it’ together is normal. Footsteps came out of Alpha. Most Alphas I have led have become homegroups. No accident.
Fellowship sounds lik an old fashioned word – and so its meaning is considered out of date. The work these days might reinvent itself from its use in the Lord of the Rings – meaning a group of friends engaged on a mission. But it is the word that sums up what happens at Alpha – people find themselves valued as individuals, their questions and answered listened to, and through it God reveals himself in love.
Great to be involved in fellowship. Great to be a bystander to other’s fellowship.