Everyone should have the chance to enjoy a free meal, explore faith, ask questions, and share their point of view. This is Alpha on Wednesdays, 6:15-8pm (Sep-Nov, Jan-Mar). Register Now >
First up there’s Food
Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch-up over coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. We start with food, because it’s a great way to encourage community and get to know each other. At the end of dinner, is joke time because at the end of a long day, we hope you will laugh.
Then a Talk
The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Generally thirty minutes long, they can be given as a live talk or played as a video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? and How does God heal today?
Watch a talk
Followed by Discussion
Probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything. And there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.
Your kids can attend Awana Club too. Kids (age 0 – 6th grade) enjoy fun with friends, playing organized gym games, singing, learning values, and earning awards. Kids participate in age-specific groups: Puggles (age 2), Cubbies (ages 3-5), Sparks (K-1st-2nd), T&T (3rd-4th), or PAK (5th-6th). Kids are safely checked in and out. Dedicated volunteers invest in each child. Club shirt, book, bag, and awards included with $25 supplies fee.
Did you make a New Year’s resolution to join an “IN” Group?
Alpha Gather is a group of about 30+ people from Bloomingdale, Addison, Glendale Heights, and surrounding towns who gather once every other week for food, friendship, and spiritual growth through Bible reading, song, and prayer.
Alpha Gather is a group of people who gather, grow in their faith and friendships, and then go into service to the church and community.
When Gather meets
Alpha Gather meets twice monthly on Wednesday nights from 6:35-7:55pm.
It meets for 3 terms a year. Each term consists of 2 meetings per month for 3 months and during the 4th month of the term, the group will “go” and participate in hands-on service.
Small Groups meet on Gather’s off weeks.
Spring 2017 schedule:
- January 11 & 25
- February 8 & 22
- March 8 & 22
- April: service project
Where Gather meets
- #262 Glen Ellyn Rd. The Brick House on the church property.
Frequently Asked Questions
Alpha Gather – A Community to Continue after Alpha
Jim and Merci D met while working in the Scanda House restaurant in 1968. Shortly after graduating from Wheeling High School in 1969, they were married and ultimately raised their family in the Chicago area. Upon retirement, they moved into the Bloomingdale Horizon senior apartments and began making a lot of new friends.
But they were frustrated because they wanted to share their faith with their new friends without offending them. After all, they were living with these people!
When Jim and Merci learned they could combine their ability to cook for large groups with their desire to make more friends without alienating them, they were interested. In short, Alpha is about making friends around a dinner table and offering people a chance to gather in a judgment-free place, and converse about God, faith, prayer, the Bible, healing, the Holy Spirit, and divine guidance.
Jim and Merci asked their new friends at Bloomingdale Horizons if they would be interested in offering the Alpha Course to the residents of their building. Ten people stepped forward to help. People from Jim and Merci’s Bloomingdale Church also came out to help.
Twenty-five people have been showing up for dinner at Alpha. They love the food. They also love the chance to talk about spiritual matters without people getting mad or having to listen to someone get on their soapbox.
Merci says, “People think that seniors have already made up their minds about Jesus but actually we are more open to talking about faith because we know we are nearing the end of our lives. I like it that people are coming to me with requests for prayer now that we are doing Alpha.”
When I visited Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London, England I could not get over how many young professionals swarmed the church. It was a struggle to enter the building due to the crush of people. Their vicar, Nicky Gumble, is sixty years old, far from hip, and yet his church is the liveliest one I have ever seen.
Pastor Gumbel attributes the youthfulness of his church to Alpha. He claims that the average age coming to Alpha and his church is 27 years.
Alpha is a course for people who want to explore what it means to be a Christian.
This semester we tried something new in Alpha. A group of Young Professionals stepped forward to be table leaders at Alpha. They invited their friends. They also called all the people thirty–five years old and under who had recently visited our church and prayed for all these people to come.
The Alpha food team leader interviewed the Young Professionals to find out how we could meet the diverse food needs of people who are gluten-free, lactose intolerant, vegetarian, or trying to have a low-sugar diet. Changes were made in our meals so that everyone could come to the table and enjoy one another’s company.
Fifteen people have been coming to the Young Professionals table at Alpha this spring. Two of them asked me when our church is having its next baptism service. It is obvious that the Young Professionals are developing a sense of community in their group. Our next semester in Alpha begins on Wed Sept 7 at 6:30pm.
If you have, or ever had questions regarding “who is God?” Or “who was Jesus, really?” If you have ever had doubts or questions regarding faith, we would love for you to come to our 1820’s Alpha course! During this 8 week course we will be exploring questions like these over a free meal!
Alpha began June 25, and runs 7-9pm at Bloomingdale Church, Common Grounds Room. If you would like to come, or know someone that you would like to invite, please feel free to access our facebook Alpha page and reserve a spot there or fill out the easy to use form down below!
If you have any questions feel free to contact me (Brent Steinke) at firstname.lastname@example.org