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The Alpha Course

Why is Sacred Heart putting all this time and energy into a small group movement? It’s very simple. They work. We live in a world where people are increasingly more distant from each other. Social media and the Internet have given us a false sense of connection to the world around us. The breakdown of the family unit over time has also increased this feeling of disconnect. If we take a look at what fueled the early church, it was a small group of people that lived in a close community. In the Book of Acts, its contents outline the rule of life of the early Christian Community. Even Jesus had a small group of his closest disciples; they were called the Apostles. No one can deny the effect they had on the early church. So why “small groups?” For most of us, it’s hard for our faith lives to survive from Sunday to Sunday. Life eventually catches up with us, and our faith slowly becomes just another part of our already stretched-thin lives. We need support, accompaniment, and the prayers of our friends. Alpha is just the beginning of a culture of continuing discipleship groups.What if our faith life isn’t meant to be just an act of survival? What if our faith lives can thrive in the midst of a small group of people who are on the same journey as us? Consider joining an Alpha group or even hosting and Alpha group at your home.

Paul Hood