The St. Rita Fall Alpha program starts Tuesday, October 11 and runs six weeks through November 15. If you’d like to attend Alpha, or if you’re interested in being an Alpha table host, please reach out to Deacon Todd (todd.dahlberg@outlook.com, 734-604-6907) with any questions, and to register for Alpha. And it’s not too early to start tapping the shoulders of folks who might be interested in Alpha! If you know someone who needs Jesus, simply invite them to “Come and see”!

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.