Alpha: Providing answers to life's BIG questions
By Braelyn Cheer
“Have you ever had big questions about life? We all have. At Alpha..."
You’ve probably heard the announcements, but, what are are they really about? What is Alpha? Who’s invited?
According to Christian Club leader Renée Johnson, “Alpha is a Christian video worship series that explains worship and faith in an easy to understand, manageable way, so that people who do not have Christian faith or are exploring the idea of Christianity can ease into it.”
Alpha will take place every Wednesday during lunch hour in room 159 for 12 weeks, starting on the 20th of February. In addition to the video, Alpha includes small group discussion and free pizza! It welcomes everyone, from all different races, backgrounds, and beliefs, to come and explore Christianity! Due to the diverse attendance, Alpha is also a great way to meet new people who you may not otherwise talk to. It is a comfortable and welcoming environment to share, and to bond with others.
Grade 10 student Samuel Nieuwenhuis, who attended Alpha last year, reflects on his time in attendance. “It was a nice way to learn a bit more about what it means to be a Christian,” he told us. He also added that he ‘enjoyed discovering more about other Alpha-attendees’ experiences with the Christian faith and about ways God had worked in their lives’. Alpha also taught those in attendance a few new ways to pray.
Chloe Davies has never been to Alpha before, but she is excited to start. “Since usually more people come to Alpha [than regular Christian Club], I was hoping to make more connections...with other Christian people at Canterbury.”
Renée expressed her hopes for this year’s running of Alpha: “I hope that people can get experience on Christian faith,” she says, “and have an accepting environment."