This Tuesday gone we held an Alpha Taster evening at a local pub. Alpha is an informal, relaxed and free course where people can investigate the life and claims of Jesus.
We put the Alpha Taster on as an introduction to the course. The evening involved a free buffet meal and a short talk. In the talk I asked if Jesus had answers to some of life’s big questions. I suggested that he did and that the sheer size and attractiveness of what he said made it only reasonable to check him out further.
Next week is the first main session looking into what Jesus claimed. The format of the evening will be similar to the Taster but with pudding instead of a meal, again followed by the talk but with chance for discussion and questions afterwards. If you would like to come along we would love to have you, just be in contact to let us know and to get details.
Recently we have moved from meeting on Tuesday evenings to Sunday Afternoons. We decided to go with momentum and the feeling amongst us that Sunday was a goer. We have met mostly in our home. At times it has been a bit of a squash and not always obvious how to best cater for adults and children but always good fun having everyone together.
We have not at this stage committed to a ‘service’ as such each week and will be looking to do different things together some Sundays. Meeting on Sundays has been a big step. At some point we will need to move to a venue. We are still waiting to see when and where this will be.
Back in March we held a Thanksgiving service for Rhian (our second child). We did this as we wanted to acknowledge publicly that Rhian is a gift from God and say thank you for her. It was great to have a number of friends and family all together to share this occasion. The service was made up of singing, prayer and a short talk, followed by food, cake and bouncy castles.
For me having children has raised big questions. It’s one of those big life experience that makes you think. I want the best for my girls, but what is best for them? As I’ve pondered this it leads to more questions - what do I want in life for them and what is it to live a satisfying and worth whiled life? One minute I am thinking about changing nappies and who’s my favourite Disney princess the next I am pondering the meaning of life!