ALPHA

ALPHA

Bent Tree is offering Alpha which is a series of interactive sessions where guests can freely explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly and informal environment. Because we want guests to feel comfortable no matter where they are on their faith journey, we will offer Alpha off-campus.

Alpha starts February 7, 2023 and meets Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. We will meet at the Community Center for The Shops at Prestonwood HOA: 2725 Creekway Dr. Carrollton, TX 75010.

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SIX CONVERSATIONS CLASS

We will study and discuss the Art of Conversation in this difficult time in our culture. We are distracted by many things, including devices, cancel culture, divisiveness, and much more and must learn to step into these arenas in order to have conversations. These conversations are integral to our desire to reach out to the community, love our neighbors, and engage in "Sent" conversations. This is a great place to get equipped for Pursuing Our Community and a good companion class to Alpha.

NEW BELIEVERS CLASS

We have found that the Alpha Course is not only great for people investigating Christianity, but it’s also great for new Christians, too. Therefore we are offering a New Believers Class utilizing the Alpha material.

The New Believers Class starts February 7, 2023, and meets Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. We will meet at Bent Tree in J108/109. The format will be the same as the Alpha Course. Scroll down to learn more.

WHAT IS ALPHA

Registration

 

What does a night at Alpha look like?

FOOD

Food brings people together, whether a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table or a quick catch-up over coffee and cake. It's no different at Alpha. Every session starts with food because it's a great way to build community and get to know each other. 

ALPHA TALK

The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Usually, around thirty minutes long, they can be given as a live talk or played as a video. They explore the significant issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions from "Who is Jesus?" and "How can we have faith?" to "Why and how do I pray?" and "How does God guide us?"

DISCUSSION

Probably the essential part of any Alpha: is the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic and discuss it in a small group. There's no obligation to say anything and nothing you can't say (seriously). It's an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your perspective in an open, friendly, and relaxed environment. No question is out of bounds; you can discuss as much or as little as you wish.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How does an Alpha Session work?

A: An Alpha session lasts for 2 hours. You come for a meal, watch a short video, and share your thoughts on the talk with your small group, who you will meet at the first session. During the discussion portion of the session, you can ask your small group any questions. Your session host will ensure the discussion ends on time. 

Q: How long is an Alpha Course?

A: Alpha usually lasts 12 weeks with a day away in the middle.

Q: How much does Alpha cost?

A: Great news! Alpha is free. There will be a retreat in the middle of Alpha that will have a cost per person

Q: I am coming and will not know anybody else. Is that normal?

A: Yes! Most people come to Alpha without knowing anybody else on the course. By the end of the course, most people become good friends. Alpha is a great way to meet new people!

Q: Do I have to talk and share my thoughts?

A: No! You may remain silent if you wish.

Q: Can I just ‘come and see’ for the first week?

A: Yes! Just please register to let us know you will be attending.

Q: What if I go for a week or two and don’t want to continue?

A: At any point, if you think Alpha isn't for you, that's not a problem. There's no pressure!

Q: What if I missed the first week?

A: It doesn't matter if you missed the first week of Alpha - you can catch up. Anyone is able to register until week 3; after that we would encourage you to check back on this website and sign up for our next Alpha course, and start from week 1.

Q: I have more questions. Who do I contact?

A: Questions can be directed by email to Tammy Gray ( ) - Outreach Pastor.