THE ALPHA COURSE
Everyone has questions
We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view; wherever they are in the world.
First up there’s FOOD
Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch up over coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. Most sessions start with food because it’s a great way to build community and get to know each other.
Then a TALK
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long and delivered over about eleven weeks, they can be given as a live talk or played as a video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions from Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? to Why and how do I pray? and How does God guide us?
PRACTISING THE WAY
What does it mean to “follow” Jesus?
We hear the language “follower of Jesus” all the time, but what does it mean to be a disciple, or apprentice, of the rabbi from Nazareth? Put simply, it means you re-organise your life around three goals:
1. Be with Jesus
2. Become like Jesus
3. Do what Jesus did
That’s it. But that’s an entire life’s pursuit. It is not just an event on a Sunday, but a “way” of life in community around the teachings of Jesus. To live this way means we need to be transformed, from the inside out. Is this kind of deep, authentic radical change of character possible? Really? Even in the chaos of the modern, digital, urban world? The answer is: absolutely yes. Through teaching, practice, community, and the Holy Spirit, we can recover our humanity in apprenticeship to Jesus.
This course is for those who are separated, those who are currently going through a divorce, or those who are already divorced, whether recent or at any time in the past. The course, while based on Christian principles, is relevant and helpful for anyone with or without a Christian faith or church background. Restored Lives runs three times a year and is both practical and supportive, giving any separated or divorced person the opportunity to discuss the challenges they are facing and the tools to deal with these effectively.
Topics covered include:
- Facing the Effects of Separation and Divorce
- The Importance of Good Communication
- Resolving Conflict
- Panel of Experts – Opportunity for 1 to 1 meetings
- Parenting Issues
- Moving Forward with Hope
A meal is provided at the beginning of each course evening, including a vegetarian/gluten free option. This is followed by a talk, with opportunities for discussion in small groups. The small groups are led by people who have gone through divorce themselves. The setting is welcoming, relaxed and unthreatening.
PARENTING FOR FAITH
Based on the book Parenting Children for a Life of Faith, the Parenting for Faith course is a video-based resource for communities that can be downloaded or live-streamed.
The goal of the course is to help parents discover that they are perfectly positioned to show their children the reality of a life with God and to empower them to have their own vibrant two-way relationship with him.
There are eight sessions in the Parenting for Faith course.
CliftonStrengths Discovery: Your Unique Strengths and Strategies for Your Growth
Understand and develop your talents. Be aware of your blind spots. Achieve greater personal and professional growth. Living your best life begins when you tap into your unique talents. Discover how to identify your greatest talents and maximize your potential by using your CliftonStrengths.
Go beyond a foundational awareness of your strengths; identify ways to invest in the development of your talents and apply them in your work and life.
THE MONEY COURSE
The Money Course is a transformational budgeting and money education resource run by Crosslight designed to equip guests with the tools they need to get on top of their finances. Suitable for everyone, but with a particular emphasis on those who might be struggling.
The Money Course seeks to help guests:
- Explore their emotional relationship with money Look practically at the basic building blocks for creating their own budget
- Learn some simple tips and strategies for controlling their spending and getting their budgets to balance
- Consider the importance of savings and the benefit of setting some simple saving goals
- Think through issues of debt and the wise use of credit
- Explore some attitudes and principles around money that will contribute to improved mental wellbeing
- Talk about practical methods of managing spending day by day
THE MARRIAGE COURSE
The Marriage Course is designed for any married couple wishing to build a strong and lasting relationship. Each couple’s privacy is respected as there is no group discussion and no requirement to disclose anything about their relationship to anyone else. The course, while based on Christian principles, is very helpful for any couple with or without a Christian faith or church background. It was founded by Nicky and Sila Lee who are co-authors of The Marriage Book and have been married for over forty years. The course is set in an environment that emulates a relaxed evening for the two of you to relax and invest in your relationship.
Topics covered include:
- Building Strong Foundations
- The Art of Communication
- Resolving Conflict
- The Power of Forgiveness
- The Impact of Family – Past and Present
- Good Sex
- Love in Action
THE RECOVERY COURSE
The Recovery Course is for men and women who are struggling with addictions that are causing significant problems in their life, who want to invest in their road to recovery and who live in or around the Reigate / Redhill area. The course has proved itself effective in helping people with a broad range of addictions, such as drugs, alcohol, pornography, sex, gambling, self-harming, over-eating or other related compulsive behaviours.
Many have found it a good place to start on recovery – and equally effective for those who have been working on recovery for years but who would like to take a fresh look at the steps from a Christian perspective. While it does offer a Christian perspective it is open and has been of value to people of all faiths and none.
Developing leaders is a priority for all churches. Research consistently demonstrates the clear link between leadership and the health and growth of a church.
And with the realities of mission and ministry in an ever changing culture, developing mission-minded leaders is a vital way of equipping the Church for the opportunities of the 21st century.
We’re committed to seeing Christians exercise leadership in a godly way in both their gathered church communities and in their Monday to Saturday lives. Growing Leaders offers a great way to develop such leadership.
Growing Leaders is run over ten months with one session a month. There are three parts to the course, each one having a particular focus:
Part 1: Firm foundations for Christian leadership
Part 2: Key skills for Christian leadership
Part 3: Keeping faithful in Christian leadership
Between sessions, participants meet with their mentors to help them integrate what they are learning into their life and leadership.
EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY SPIRITUALITY
For those desiring to take steps in their Christian life and discipleship, to break free from bondage to the past and experience healing, Emotional Healthy Spirituality is an eight-session video-based Bible study on the integration of emotional health and contemplative spirituality.
Many sincere followers of Christ, followers who are really passionate for God, join a church, participate weekly in a small group, serve with their gifts, and who are considered “mature,” remain stuck at a level of spiritual immaturity-especially when faced with interpersonal conflicts and crises.
The Emotionally Healthy Spirituality video study and companion study guide offer a strategy for discipleship that address this void, offering powerful pathways to transformation that will help people mature into a faith filled with authenticity and a profound love for God.
The eight sessions include:
- The Problem of Emotionally Unhealthy Spirituality
- Know Yourself that You May Know God
- Going Back in Order to Go Forward
- Journey through the Wall
- Enlarge Your Soul through Grief and Loss
- Discover the Rhythms of the Daily Office and Sabbath
- Grow into an Emotionally Healthy Adult
- Go to the Next Step to Develop a “Rule of Life”