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Alpha

Want to explore the meaning of life? Do you have questions about the Christian faith? Then Alpha is for you. This informal course invites participants to enjoy food and discussion together, enjoy a short talk, and think about some of life’s bigger questions.
alanWhen I was a kid I owned a Raleigh BMX bike. I loved it. I remember it clearly. It was red, blue and yellow and I had Kellogg’s Frosties stickers all over it (they were bike themed). Any opportunity I had I was on my bike. But this was no ordinary bike, it was a stunt bike. My friends and I would cycle to the park, set up jumps and other obstacles and have hours of fun. Every now and again, either a friend or I would have an epic fall, but it would stop the joy being on the bike would bring. My favourite jump was going downhill real fast and using part of a log as a ramp that would help get me across a little ravine. Every time I did the jump it scared me, but I loved the feeling I had when I made it (which was every time!)
At this time of year, life is a little bit like that. We approach a new season, with either new or familiar obstacles and we have to respond in certain ways. Our response or attitude impacts not just us, but those around us too. When I was on my BMX I knew it well. If something wasn’t right (like a faulty break, or loose nut) I’d know just by how it felt while riding it. How well do we know God in our everyday lives? What impact does He have on you and on those around you? One of the reasons for the Alpha Course is to encourage all of us to have a better understanding about God, Jesus, Church etc and the role they have in our lives. Just as I’d be scared riding my bike towards the jumps, we can have that fear coming towards new situations in our lives or a course like Alpha. The challenge is how we face the jump. What pushes us through. When doing all the stunts, I was with my friends, they’d cheer me on and hope I’d make it. Be that friend to someone or look for that friend in your life.

In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
All of us need people around were the relationship is dependable. This is God’s heart and desire for us and He wants us to listen to him and know his ways as He has our best interests at heart. Do you believe that? What stops you believing that? Bring those questions to God (and/or the Alpha Course) and listen to what God may have to say to you.
Blessings, Rev. Alan Breen

To find out about our upcoming Alpha course, contact the parish office: stpatricksparish@eircom.net