Where do I start?
If you are brand new to St. Michael’s, there is one place for you to begin and that is the Alpha Course. We offer it both in the Fall and Spring. It is a weekly course that features dinner, childcare and a wonderful presentation.
The Alpha Course is a series of talks based on the most often asked questions of Christianity, such as:
- Why did Jesus Die?
- Who is Jesus?
- Does evil exist?
- Does God heal today?
But Alpha isn’t just about content. Alpha is also about bringing people around you in a small group that can be your small group for the rest of your life!
The step after Alpha therefore is Beta. It is our hope that the small group you were in, in Alpha, would become a Beta Life Group. If the goal of Alpha is to take us from being Cultural Christians to believers, the goal of Beta is to take us from believers to disciples. In Beta you will study the disciplines of discipleship, from Scripture to the spiritual gifts. This course includes teaching from the Rev. Dr. Peter Moore and is set up this way: On the first and 3rd weeks of the month, you will experience dynamic large group teaching by the Rev. Dr. Peter Moore. On the 2nd and 4th weeks, you will go into your small groups to reflect and check in on each other. Many times these Beta life groups come right from Alpha. Sometimes, because of stage of life, and age issues, they don’t. It is our goal to make sure you are in a wonderful life giving group. Currently, our Beta Life Groups are very diverse, they include:
- Co-ed groups
- Men’s Groups
- Women’s groups
- Mothers groups
- Fathers groups
- Homeless group
It is also our hope that your Beta Life Group would be focused on 3 key values:
Up: To God
In: To each other
Out: To the world
To that end, our expectation is that these Beta Life Groups would be the tip of the spear for our Action outreach ministry to each of the 4 H’s. That is, entire life groups being involved in the transforming of hearts in the home, holy city, hurting coast and hungering world.
Join us in this thrilling Vision!