Alpha Courses – these are sometimes available at Christ Church URC. They are also run at St.Stephen’s Church.
‘Alpha is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over ten thought-provoking weekly sessions, and the ones at Christ Church usually involve meals and provides an excellent way to find out more and make new friends.
Emmaus Course –
In his report Finding Faith Today, John Finney, one of the authors of Emmaus, found that most people:
- find that ‘belonging’ to a church comes before ‘believing’ , and not the other way round.
- become Christians gradually, over a period of time – sudden ‘Damascus road’ conversions are quite rare;
- come to faith in Christ through relationship with a group of Christians;
And that they
- find coming to church reasonably easy – if they come with a friend;
but not everyone has a friend to bring them to church, or to talk to about their faith in Christ. If you want to find out more about the role of Christianity in modern day life, more about the role of the church in society, are interested in what makes the URC different or the same as other denominations, or are interested in joining our church or becoming a church member then this chourse is for you. It gives chance to look at the Christian perspective on many topics – through discussion. For example:
What are the responsibilities of marriage?
Should I have my children dedicated or baptised?
What is Christianity?
Who is my neighbour – and why am I supposed to love them?
How to (or why) become a Christian?
What does it mean to become a disciple of Christ?
Finding out about the URC denomination – who are they?
What is involved in church membership?
Other topics are discussed depending on need. Send an email indicating your interest in an Alpha or Emmaus course (see the contact page) and someone will get back to you.
Nooma – while this is not a course we sometimes have a short course of discussion groups that start with a Nooma DVD. These are usually held in the cafe at the front of the church and are open to anyone.