Mt. Nittany UMC
What is Alpha?
Alpha at Mt. Nittany gives everyone the opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The Alpha course meets once a week for 10 weeks on a Sunday evening. A special introduction to Alpha will happen on Sunday, September 11, at 5 PM at the church's annual corn boil covered dish meal. We'll experience some "Alpha" type worship and music and see a video called, "Is This It?"
The next regular Alpha session is on Sunday, September 18, from 6-8 PM. Sessions begin with a meal, followed by a short talk and time to discuss what’s been taught. During the discussion, everyone is welcome to contribute their opinions and no question is considered hostile or too simple. Questions might include “Is there a God?” “Why am I here?” “Where did I come from?” “Where am I going?”
Alpha is a worldwide phenomenon. Currently there are more than 60,000 courses run in 169 countries! Alpha is supported by all major denominations and an estimated 18 million people have now attended a course globally.
Alpha is for anyone, and people attend from all backgrounds, religions, and viewpoints. They come to investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus, and more. Some people want to get beyond religion and find a relationship with God that really changes life. Others come for the close, long-lasting friendships that are built during the Alpha course. Many have never been to church. Others may have attended church, or even been longtime members, but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith. Everyone is welcome. If you are unsure about Alpha, the Introduction to Alpha on September 11 at 5pm is for you!
What Happens at Alpha?
Each gathering begins with a meal and a chance to get to know others. Then there’s a short talk that looks at a different aspect of the Christian faith each week. This is followed by a time of discussion in small groups, where everyone is welcome to contribute their opinion and ask questions. People usually stay in the same small groups for the duration of the course so they can get to know each other, continue discussions, and deepen friendships. The emphasis is upon exploration and discovery in a relaxed and informal environment.
These are the topics that are covered during the course:
• September 11: (Introductory Session at 5 pm) Is This It?
• September 18: Who is Jesus?
• September 25: Why did Jesus die?
• October 2: How can we have faith?
• October 9: Why and how do I pray?
• October 16: Why and how should I read the Bible?
• October 23: How About Evil and Does God Heal Today?
• October 30: How About the Church and Telling Others?
• November 6: Who is the Holy Spirit and What Does He Do?
• November 13: How Does God Guide Me to Make the Most of My Life?
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR ALPHA?
Registration cards will be available at Mt. Nittany, or you can use the easy online sign-up.
Please note: You are our guest at Alpha! There is no charge. The meal is provided. (You may contribute toward the cost if you wish.) Childcare is provided for children, infants through pre-kindergarten age.
Learn more about Alpha at alphausa.org