Alpha, a course in discovering Christianity

Have you ever asked yourself, Is there more to life than this? If you would like a chance to ask any question or probe any element of Christianity, Alpha may be what you’re looking for. The course is offered in a relaxed, non-judgmental setting, everyone is welcome, and any question is acceptable. Good Shepherd will celebrate with a dinner and welcome new guests.  
Celebrate your journey of faith this Spring at the ALPHA Welcome Dinner, Wednesday, February 1st from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Good Shepherd’s parish hall.  We encourage all who have attended ALPHA to bring a friend or neighbor! At the Celebration Dinner, guests can experience the warm hospitality and friendly “ask anything” atmosphere of the ALPHA Course before attending the next eight Wednesday sessions (February 1st - March 29th).

ALPHA friends and guests at the February 1st Dinner will enjoy a good meal as they meet others who have done ALPHA.  After the meal, we’ll watch a brief talk, “Is There More to Life?”, featuring Nicky Gumbel, Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London, England.

The following weekly sessions give ALPHA guests an opportunity to investigate the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus and the Bible. As at the Celebration Dinner, each ALPHA session begins with a meal and a chance to get to know others. Then guests watch a half-hour talk, before gathering into small groups for discussion with others from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.  Because guests meet in the same small groups each week, they can build lasting relationships with others in the group as they explore the following questions:

Spring 2017 ALPHA sessions:

Feb.   1:  WELCOME Supper/Is There More to Life?
Feb.   8:  Who Is Jesus?
Feb. 15:  Why Did Jesus Die?
Feb. 22:  How Do I Pray? Read the Bible?
Mar.  1:  How Does God Guide Us?
Mar.  8:  Who is the Holy Spirit/What does He do?
Mar. 15:  How Can I Resist Evil?
Mar. 22:  What About the Church?
Mar. 29:  How Can I Tell Others? Make the Most of my Life!

Plan now to attend the ALPHA Celebration Dinner on February 1st, and bring a friend! There is no charge for the meal or the ALPHA sessions, and you can find answers to life’s biggest questions while you make new friends here at Good Shepherd.
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NOTE: Please sign-up in the parish hall for the Celebration Dinner so we know how many meals to prepare! You may also reserve a place for you and a friend by contacting Carol Wilde, ALPHA coordinator.

For more information, call (407) 765.2012 or e-mail Carol Wilde at:

Carol Wilde
Address:1115 Center Road
 Venice, FL 34292