Christ the King Dorchester offers the Alpha Course twice each year -
Spring and Fall. Designed to teach the basics of the Christian
faith, the course originated in Great Britain in the late 1970's but
has since taken on a life of its own. For example, in 2008, the
course was offered more than 33,000 times in over 150 countries by a
wide variety of Christian denominations from Anglican to Baptist, Roman
Catholic, Orthodox and many others between. Christ the King's
comfortable setting offers learning in a caring Christian community -
Christ the King Offers Alpha Course
Christ the King (CTK) Presbyterian Church meets for Sunday worship at
50 Stoughton Street, the Saturday home of the Hispanic Seventh-day
Adventist church. This is also where CTK holds their twice-annual
presentations of the Alpha Course.
of the 10 sessions in the course begins with dinner then moves into
study of the topic for that week. The formal presentation, often
a video, is followed by smaller discussion groups. The talks aim to
cover the basic beliefs of the Christian faith.
the King scheduled their fall 2013 Alpha Course beginning the last
Thursday of September (9/26/13) and lasting through mid-December.
A small sign posted on the gates at 50 Stoughton Street invited anyone
and everyone to attend - FREE.
restaurant, Paraiso, prepared the mouth-watering community meal, then a
Nicky Gumbel video covering the topic for the week. An excellent
speaker and knowledgeable about the basics of Christianity as embodied
in Alpha's perspective, Mr. Gumbel's presentation formed the basis for
the small-group conversation that followed.
For a more intimate setting, the group moved to a smaller room.
Michael, one of the facilitators, opened the discussion with a
question: "So what did you think?" Any and all answers were
quite acceptable. He was not there to judge, limit, correct or to
criticize. He facilitated and encouraged everyone to share.
Those gathered at the discussion table appeared to be caring and loving
people trying to understand God's place in their own lives. Many told
stories about how God was directing their lives, providing them
comfort. If you listened carefully, you could also hear new ideas
and experience a new understanding about your own relationship with
first person to speak established the starting point of the
conversation but each subsequent contributor helped the group meander
down a path that was meaningful to all. By the end of the evening,
everyone had arrived at a sense of closure. "Any more
comments?" No. We had said our peace and were ready to go
did attendees experience the Alpha evening? The setting was
comfortable, the food delicious, the people friendly and totally
welcoming. The evening, itself, was engaging, funny and
people came away with a better understanding of the Bible and its
popularity throughout the world. Others learned about the
importance of prayer and including God more in their lives. A common
theme, expressed more by behavior than words, was the importance of the
Christian community. In these simple ways, the Alpha Course is
accomplishing its objective of teaching the basics of the
|Christ the King offers the Alpha course twice a year.
|Official website of the Alpha Course
|Wikipedia information on the Alpha Course
|New Christian Alpha videos **
**Nicky Gumbel / Alpha Course videos are not generally available on the
internet. They are made available to a religious setting that
goes through some level of training.
However, the New Christian website has provided online its own set of
10 videos covering the standard Alpha Course topics. The New
Christian videos are not hosted by Nicky Gumbel but they are equally
entertaining and informative.
- Is there more to life than this?
- Who is Jesus?
- Why did Jesus die?
- How can I have faith?
- Why and How do I pray?
- How and why should I read the Bible?
- How can I resist evil?
- Does God heal today?
- Why and how should I tell others?
- What about the Church?
What you miss when you watch the videos alone, outside a community
setting, is the opportunity to have your questions answered and your
ideas and new experiences reinforced through the presence of
community. Attending a Christ the King course provides this
communal opportunity for growth and learning. Click here
for more information http://www.ctkdorchester.org/
|Posted: January 1, 2014 Nancy J Conrad
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