This month there’ll be a brand new way of finding your faith in Ruddington with a new virtual initiative from St Peter’s Church.
Its services have already been available online for quite some time. Due to the Coronavirus lockdown, this is the first time its 10 week Alpha Course will be available to attend from home via Zoom.
Dorothy Houghton, the Alpha Online Coordinator, explains: “Though COVID-19 restrictions are easing, people still are wary about getting together with others. Alpha Online is safe. The beauty of it is that there’s no limit to the number of guests and also, we might have friends and relatives who live outside Ruddington who can attend.
There are also no babysitting issues, and people can relax in the comfort of their own homes without having to rush out for a 7.30pm start in the centre of Ruddington!”
Enrolling on the course is FREE. The content will be exactly the same as the traditional Alpha Course. It will run primarily on Thursday evenings from 15th April, with one Saturday morning session along the way.
A typical evening starts with a friendly chat to get to know one another a bit more (for those who want to chat – it’s not compulsory!) We then all watch a 20 minute video on some aspect of Christianity before we split up into groups to discuss the video, or anything else faith-related which a guest might want to discuss. It’s a very relaxed evening which most people get a lot from, and they look forward to the following week.
Adds Dorothy: “There are a lot of hurting people out there – people who have lost loved ones, lonely people, people with questions. The Alpha Online Course is for anyone who can do Zoom! It’s for people with some faith, no faith, agnostic, atheist; people with questions about a God who promises He will always unconditionally love us.
“Many former guests have had a ‘Eureka’ moment after or during the 10 week course. I’ve seen many lives changed.”