Groups meet on Wednesdays night after Wednesday Night Supper for about an hour while the children and youth are in gatherings of their own. They begin about 6:30 p.m. and end between 7:30 and 7:45 p.m.
Most Alpha Groups have completed their nine-week cycle and will resume August 14. Some individual groups may continue to meet weekly or every-other week, as determined by group members.
To join a new Alpha Group in the fall, contact René Watson.
You might be surprised to learn that according to George Gallup of Gallup Polls, “Americans are among the loneliest people in the world.” That’s hard to imagine given the fact that we are constantly surrounded by people – at work, in traffic, at the gym, on Facebook and Twitter – so much so that what most of us crave is simply to find some time alone! Many of us live our lives overwhelmed by busyness and the intensity of our fast-paced culture. We come home after a long day, put the garage door down, and do our best to escape. And here’s where the problem begins. In our effort to find rest for our weary souls, we end up losing that which we need the most – each other. Simply put – God created us in His image – to be in relationship with one another as the community of faith.
You may already have lots of connections through Sunday School or ministry teams. Alpha Groups will stretch you a bit more. These groups are a new type of discipleship opportunity – sermon-based small groups that meet weekly, using a study guide that has been prepared as a complement to each Sunday’s sermon (both traditional and Vinebranch contemporary sermons). Not to worry – we don't rehash the sermon – the guides serve as a jumping off point for discussion.
For more information about Alpha Groups, contact:
Minister of Discipleship