What is Alpha?

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. 

Contact Todd Dahlberg (734-604-6907, or at alpha.strita@gmail.com) if you have questions – or just drop in!

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 cafés, 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 (unless it is run as an online version), a video, and then good conversation.

Food (when not running Alpha online)
Whether it is 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 is no different for Alpha. Most sessions start with food because it is a great way to build community and get to know each other.

Video
The talks are designed to engage guests and inspire conversation. Each around thirty minutes long, 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? Discussion

Discussion
Probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it around the table (or Zoom chat room) in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything and there’s nothing you can’t say (seriously). This is an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.

St. Rita Summer Alpha 

Alpha is currently in session! St. Rita Summer 2020 Alpha is being run on-line from June 16, 2020 through August 25, 2020. See the weekly session schedule below.

Weekly meetings are on Tuesdays and start at 7 PM with the weekly video, followed by small-group discussion. Our Zoom meeting ID is 251-222-1118 (with password “Alpha”). 

Our Day-Away (you don’t want to miss this!) will be at Camp de Sales (Village Commons building) on July 25, 2020 from 9 AM to 3 PM. 

Join us to listen, or to engage – come and see!

Alpha Sessions (Tuesday evenings)

  • Week 1: Is There More to Life Than This? (6/16)
  • Week 2: Who is Jesus? (6/23)
  • Week 3: Why Did Jesus Die? (6/30)
  • Week 4: How Can We Have Faith? (7/7)
  • Week 5: Why and How Do I Pray? (7/14)
  • Week 6: Why and How Should I Read the Bible? (7/21)
  • Week 7: How Does God Guide Us? (7/28)
  • Week 8: How Can I Resist Evil? (8/4)
  • Week 9: Why and How Should I Tell Others? (8/11)
  • Week 10: Does God Heal Today? (8/18)
  • Week 11: How Can I Make the Most of the Rest of My Life? (8/25)

Alpha Day Away (July 25, 2020)

  • Who is the Holy Spirit?
  • What Does the Holy Spirit Do?
  • How Can I Be Filled with the Holy Spirit?