25th May 2018
Dear beloved church,
I am writing you this email because I am moving from England in a month and a half. And I cannot say how much I want to thank you for opening my heart to Jesus. I was looking for God during all my life. It took me 27 years to find Him and I finally find Him here (at Community Church). I still remember the feeling when I first came to the Alpha course 2 years ago. I remember how much I felt lonely especially because I was living here on my own without my family or friends. And then I met so many welcoming and warm people who were so kind to me. I started to understand more about God and after lot of my questions and lot of prayers I became a Christian. I attended a few Christian services back home in the Czech Republic but finally, I found my church, Yours. I love Our services. I love how strangers to me just approached me and gave me a message from God or prayed for me. I love the passion that people have for praying. I love how people were sharing their stories of what God did in their lives. I love the way Al, Gareth, Peter or anybody else explains what God did. I love worshipping. I sometimes had pictures that people just started to fly during worship like lots of angels. It is really amazing how simple tasks as serving a tea or welcoming people by the door, can be done with such a love.
Thank you for guiding me on my way to Jesus. Thank you for all your help and support.
Now I am preparing myself for moving back to the Czech Republic. I am a bit of nervous about how my life ends up there. I wasn't a Christian when I lived in Czech and I don't want to return to "old ways". My family are not Christians. Most of my family now know about my Christianity. I really hope I will find some similar Church nearby where I live. Please, can you pray for that? I know God loves me wherever I am and whichever Church I am attending but isn't that human nature to have a bit of fear?
Thank you for praying. Thank you for listening. Thank you for friendly hugging. Thank you for sharing your stories. Thank you, God for creating such a wonderful place. Thank you God for Jesus.
God love you all,
Posted by Maureen Hopkins
2nd September 2016
I sometimes find myself wondering ‘why do we run Alpha Course?’ They aren’t in the Bible, Jesus never sat down to do ‘a course’ with any of his disciples, and they weren’t lacking in faith or understanding of the gospel.
So why do we gather a team of people and run an Alpha course each term?
I find that these questions usually get answered around week 4 or 5 of the course. By this stage we have got to know our guest a little and they start to really open up, to us and to God. It’s at this stage that we really start to see what God is doing in these people’s lives.
I remember asking one guest how they were feeling about the next week’s topic. His response didn’t really answer my question but he did reveal how desperate he was to meet God and have the guilt he was experiencing removed, needless to say he met with God and decided to give his life to Jesus on that course.
I think the beauty of the Alpha Course, and the reason we run it, is that it creates a wonderful context in which we can pass on the good news which Jesus shared with his disciples. There is something about creating a comfortable context which helps people receive Jesus’ message, which after all is the only way people can be saved.
To quote well-known evangelist Adrian Holloway, ‘I’ve found that when people hear the gospel in the right context, I’ve found that many of them want to respond.’
So who would you like to hear the Gospel in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere? Why not invite them to our next Alpha course Starting on the 27th Sep at 7:30pm.
Posted by Pete Williams
13th July 2016
If you visit the Charis Centre on a Tuesday evening, you will find a group of people discussing the person of Jesus.
Over drinks and a meal they talk about how Jesus’ life and death affect us today, how it can bring peace, how it can bring hope and joy. They also talk about their lives, often with surprising authenticity and honesty, openly talking about the struggles and disappointments they’ve faced. As this group of people meet over the course of each term, community is built and often a life-giving faith is found. We call these meetings Alpha.
This term on Alpha we’ve had a fantastic group. It has been small (just four people) but those four have been open about the losses in their lives and the pain this has caused. Through this time of open discussion and hearing about the person of Jesus, two people decided to invite Jesus into their own lives. We also saw two people from Alpha take the life-changing step of getting baptised on a Sunday morning, which was awesome!
No matter how big or small the course, we delight in seeing God break into people’s lives showing His love, mercy and kindness in fresh ways.
When I see God do these things first-hand I understand why Jesus said, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me’ (John 4:34). When we see God change lives it brings a profound sense of satisfaction. As I look back on this term’s Alpha, although it was small, it is satisfaction that I feel.
- Our next Alpha course will start on Tuesday 27th September 2016. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or to find out more.
Posted by Pete Williams
29th March 2016
The apostle Paul said "I am not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes" Romans 1:16.
The Alpha course is a fantastic way for people to hear the Good News of the gospel and to experience it’s power for themselves in their own lives. This term’s Alpha course has been smaller than usual, but it has been great to have number of people from different faith back grounds on the course. We have had one person who decided for the first time to give their life to Jesus and has immediately been able to tell the difference in their life.
Next term the Alpha course will be starting on Tuesday the 3rd May at 7:30pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to invite someone to come and hear the life changing news of the gospel.
So over this Easter season please do be thinking and praying about who God is prompting you to invite on our next Alpha course. And remember the Bible tell us that: ‘God is patient, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.’
Posted by Pete Williams