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.