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December 2014 News

Alpha targets Toowoomba

  • Written by  Brooke Duncan
Alpha sessions encourage discussion about faith and Christianity in an informal setting. Photo: Provided

Alpha Australia is encouraging Toowoomba churches to get involved in running Alphas after Easterfest next year.

The aim is to run a number of Alpha courses for the community, a series of seven sessions where people can explore questions about life and Christianity.

Alpha Australia church engagement and communications officer Daryn Sutton said the concept is about providing a non-judgemental, safe place to explore the basics of Christianity.

“The concept is you have a bite to eat, watch a short video and have a discussion about that,” Mr Sutton said.

“It’s for churches who don’t really know how best they can try to impact their community or encourage the people in their church to invite people to things,” he said.

Mr Sutton said Alpha is working to engage with people, citing statistics stating 49 percent of people have no spiritual conversations within a twelve month period.

He said Easterfest provides Toowoomba churches with a good opportunity to reach out.

“In the lead up to Easter we’ll be running some training sessions for churches in Toowoomba – teaching them how to run Alpha. We’ll also have a specialist dealing with invitation, and how to do that.”

“We’re also encouraging they hold it at a non-threatening place like a café or pub. People sometimes feel as though the walls will fall down on them if they come to church,” Mr Sutton said.

Statistics show Alpha has a significant impact with about 30 percent of attendees coming to faith.

To date, more than 300,000 Australians have participated in Alpha, while more than 24 million people worldwide have attended Alpha sessions.

Alpha began in the UK in the 1990s and is now run in 169 countries in 112 languages.

For more information ring Alpha Australia on 1800 811 903, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.australia.alpha.org

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