St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Sunbury is offering “The Alpha Course” again this fall.
Sessions begin Sept. 25 and there are four meeting options: Sunday afternoon and evening, and Monday morning and evening, through Dec. 4.
The Alpha Course was designed and first offered in London by the Church of England 30 years ago and is now being conducted in 112 languages across nearly 170 countries in various Christian communities, according to church officials.
St. John Neumann is now in their third year of hosting the Alpha Course. To date, more than 700 people have participated from Delaware, Sunbury, Galena and surrounding communities.
Alpha sessions begin with a meal, a short talk which focuses on different aspects of the Christian faith, and a small-group discussion which provides guests with an opportunity to ask questions and freely contribute their opinions. Small groups are led by one or two facilitators who encourage the discussion and ensure that guests’ questions are fully aired.
The Alpha Course runs for nine weeks with a Saturday retreat experience in the middle.
Registration is now open. Sessions begin on Sept. 25 (for Sundays) and Sept. 26 (for Mondays). All sessions will take place at St. John Neumann in the Faith & Family Center, 9633 E. State Route 37, Sunbury. Childcare is available, but registration is required.
For more information, call the St. John Neumann parish office at 740-965-1358, or visit the parish website at www.saintjohnsunbury.org/alpha.
Established in 1977, St. John Neumann Church is part of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, serving more than 1,500 households in the Sunbury area. Father David Sizemore has been pastor since 2005.
Information for this story was provided by St. John Neumann Catholic Church.