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Learning more …

At the heart of our faith is the belief that God loves us, and one of our first questions is almost always how and whether that can really be true. And if God loves us, what does that mean? Learning more about faith involves asking these, and other, apparently simple questions, without quite knowing what the answers will be.

There are many ways of learning more about faith, the most important of which is to live it out – the Christian faith is more than believing something, because when you live in the confidence that God loves you, it changes your life. Jesus said that the first and greatest commandment was to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your mind, and all your soul and with all your strength” – not just your mind only. And he went on to say that the next command was to love your neighbour as yourself.

And that takes some effort to get your head round, and if you try, you will probably find that you can’t do it on your own.

If you are exploring Christian faith for the first time, we organise various groups to explore the basics of the Christian faith. In the past these have included Alpha and Emmaus courses as well as Confirmation groups. Read on for the outline of an Alpha course – other groups will deal with the very similar material and questions, but in slightly different ways. Such courses can also be good refreshers if you feel you’ve let your knowledge slip a bit. Do contact the office to ask when the next course will be, and we’ll do our best to include you.

If you have learned the basics of the Christian faith already, and want to join others in working out what it means for your life, join one of our home groups, where you will be able to make friends as well as exploring faith together.

What is Alpha?

Alpha is for anyone interested in finding out more about the Christian faith. You may be someone who is quite sceptical about Christianity but keen to investigate its claims. Or you may be someone who has been going to church for years but feels the need to get back to the basics of the Christian faith. Alpha is ideal for all kinds of people because it can be engaged with at a variety of different levels – and it is informal and non-threatening.

What kind of topics are coveredĀ ?

Who is Jesus and why did he die?

How can we have faith?

Why and how do I pray?

Why and how should I read the Bible?

What about the Church?

What happens at an Alpha evening?

The evening begins with a meal, the group then watches a DVD which introduces the week’s topic, and this is followed by coffee and discussion.

If you are interested in finding out more about Alpha at St Mary’s watch this website for details of up-coming courses or contact the office.