Chichester Harbour Churches of West Wittering, Birdham & Itchenor invite you to Alpha Breakfasts to explore life’s big questions through the Christian faith, at Redlands Dairy in West Wittering. 08:30-10:30 – each Saturday session will include breakfast, a short film and time to share your thoughts.
To book your place or get more information, contact Claire: firstname.lastname@example.org 01243 513905
Of course Alpha is so much more than a ‘course’ with dates and times etc. Alpha is ‘experienced’. This is how one member of the last group experienced it:
‘As a married 36 year old with a young toddler and one on the way some might think I might not be your typical member of Alpha. I thought that too at first but having got married in West Wittering Church and then my son being baptised there I thought, okay I am using the wonderful facilities and spirit of West Wittering Church to enjoy these joyous and memorable occasions with my family and friends but what am I adding to the pot? Am I even a true believer? Do I know enough about God?
With these questions whirling around in my mind I decided to give Alpha a go. I admit as I drove to my first Alpha meeting I did think “Oh God what am I doing!”. I suppose I was worried that everyone there would have read the bible back to front a hundred times and I would feel like an idiot. At first I did feel like that and was a bit scared to ask the questions I really wanted to about God and what it all meant but the warmth that radiated from the group who greeted me for breakfast each Saturday morning was so refreshing that I soon left my worries at the door. I began to embrace the fact that I was there to ask questions, I didn’t need to prove that I knew the Bible chapter and verse and learnt in fact you don’t even need to go to church to be a Christian if that’s not your scene.
I bet some of you reading this might be thinking that can’t be the only reason she went to Alpha, I bet something was wrong with her life, she was at a cross roads or perhaps she is just a bit odd! You are wrong, well maybe on the first two anyway! Nothing had happened in my life other than I was on maternity leave, I had made some new mummy friends who weren’t afraid to say they went to church and they listened to me. Almost like they were present and at ease with themselves, whereas I had been working in a very stressful environment before I had my son and I couldn’t slow down to enjoy the smaller things in life. I suppose I was always looking for the next thing to do, the next item to purchase and in fact what I needed was to pause, take stock and think about what life was all about. Alpha has allowed me to do that and in the process I have made a wonderful group of friends, friends who let’s face it I would never have had cause to meet had it not been for Alpha. They don’t ram God down my throat but have created an environment where I can learn about God and his teachings and relate them to my own way of living. I find I am now calmer, more comfortable in my own shoes, tend not to dwell on the smaller things that might have niggled me before but try to look at the bigger picture. I still haven’t read the Bible, well not the adult version anyway but I enjoy reading the children’s Bible to my son and whilst he can’t yet understand the content he does appreciate the pictures of all the animals walking two by two!
If you are a wondering whether Alpha is for you, especially if you are someone like me with a young family I can highly recommend going along to the Saturday morning sessions between 8.30am and 10.30am. You will be fed a lovely breakfast, get to have some adult conversation and relax with a coffee! Okay you also learn a bit about God but to have two hours of down time allows you to learn all sorts and recharge your batteries before going back to your family where you can be Super Mum or Dad again…’