Ascension : Church News
Submitted by The Islander (Islander Editors) 19.01.2012 (Article Archived on 02.02.2012)
Many recognize the positive spin-offs of living in a Christian country where Christian values have given rise to hospitals, schools, Christian charities which care for the homeless,
St. Mary’s Church
Ascension Island (Diocese of St.Helena)
From: FATHER CHRISTOPHER BROWN
Many recognize the positive spin-offs of living in a Christian country where Christian values have given rise to hospitals, schools, Christian charities which care for the homeless, the sick, the aged, dying, and so forth, but people often miss out on learning ,in a systematic way, the basic beliefs of Christianity ,and how one becomes a Christian and a full member of the body of Christ .
This is why the Alpha Course has been used so successful throughout the world and is used by so many Christian Churches : Baptists, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Church of England and so forth. In the month of February, the Alpha 2012 begins and it provides a wonderful opportunity to learn via DVD’s and discussions about Jesus and the main beliefs of the Christian faith. The course runs for about ten weeks and will be held at the vicarage on Monday nights starting on the first Monday in February.
Each session includes a light supper and time to socialize and ask questions as well as watching a DVD. The whole experience is intended to be entertaining as well as informative and is a great way to meet new people and forge new friendships. The course is completely free ; it is open to folks who are members of a Christian church as well as to those who are not Christians but would like to receive information in a clear and systematic way. This ten week course will conclude just before Easter and will be our special focus throughout Lent; in Advent we plan to offer the Junior Alpha course specifically directed to the island’s youth.
Depending on the numbers wanting to join Alpha we may form two groups: both groups will follow the same course. The first Alpha group session will begin at the vicarage in Georgetown on Feb.6th. at 7-00p.m. . It begins with a light supper; the DVD is then shown at 7-30pm.. The whole evening concludes by 9-00p.m.. If you would like more information then please contact one of the telephone numbers below: