Alpha

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 >

l_alphaFirst 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?
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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.

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What is Alpha Gather?

By Nate Kugel on November 6, 2017

Alpha Gather is a community group meeting on Wednesday Nights that prioritizes friendship, prayer, and bible-based discussions.

Every healthy family or friendship prioritizes time, in-person to be together. At Alpha Gather we see each person as a part of a faith family, so we seek to create that atmosphere together. We eat together, pray for each other, and discuss around a large table what God’s Word has to say about our lives.

As an open group, we want to welcome you too. One might say, “Well that sounds great if your a people person, but what about a smaller group of people.? This is why we meet every other week, filling the off weeks with break-out smaller groups. All of our break-out groups meet on the church campus as well and are specifically timed to provide childcare through the church’s Awana program.

Group updates are shared by text or through our Alpha Gather Facebook Page.

For questions related to Alpha Gather read our Frequently Asked Questions below or email Pastor Nate – natek@bloomingdalechurch.org

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What is Alpha Gather?

By Nate Kugel on September 15, 2017

Alpha Gather is a group of about 30 people who gather once every other week for food, friendship, and growth through teaching, 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.

FAQ

Is Alpha Gather for me?

  • Yes! All are welcome.
  • Newcomers who are looking to meet people.
  • People who have been around for a while but want to build deeper connections.
  • Alpha or Alpha 2.0 graduates who are looking for their next step.
  • Anyone looking to take the next step in exploring their faith.
  • Awana-clubber’s parents who are looking for something to do while their kids are having fun at Awana.

What is Alpha Gather like?

It’s laid-back like Alpha, but it’s also intentional about enabling you to continue in your faith journey.

What happens on a typical night at Alpha Gather?

  • Share food.
  • Sing a song or do creative activity to worship Jesus.
  • Read portions of the Bible, hear a short talk about following Jesus, or hear a faith story from a group member.
  • Pray and be prayed for.

What happens on the Wednesdays when Alpha Gather is off?

We’re glad you asked! If you’d like, you’ll have the opportunity to join a Community Group that meets on the off weeks. Whereas Alpha Gather is an opportunity to connect with a room full of people, the community group will give you a chance to go deeper with a tight-knit group.

When does Alpha Gather meet?

Alpha Gather meets twice monthly on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8pm.

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.

1st term: September, October, and November meetings; December Service.
2nd term: January, February, and March meetings; April Service.
3rd term: Monthly Summer Cookouts.

How do I sign-up?

Sign-up for Alpha Gather using this form.


“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.” (Acts 2:42-43 ESV)


Alpha Gather 2017– food, friendship, and growth through Bible reading, song, and prayer

By Nate Kugel on January 2, 2017

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


Alpha at Bloomingdale Horizons Senior Apartments

By Bill Calvin on April 1, 2016

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.”