As the Covid-19 outbreak affects patterns of daily life, the local church has a crucial part to play. In the face of increasing isolation and decreasing mobility, we all have to ask the question; how can we promote togetherness and continue to share the good news of Jesus? 

The Revd. Mark Hutson, Pioneer minister in the Wolds Gateway group, with the help of the Revd. Pam Reeves and two Authorized Lay Ministers; Bob Swallow and Emma Maskall have launched an online Alpha course for the north of the Diocese.   

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith and typically runs for eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create a conversation. The sessions last around half an hour, beginning with a film, followed by a discussion. The course is run all over the world.

Mark said: “Because of how well our online Sunday service the ‘Faith Space’ has been received by church and non-church members alike, we felt that the online Alpha course was a perfect solution to help people explore the Christian faith. All training is available free of charge from Alpha UK for this specially adapted course for our time. In fact, the first place to run the course was Wuhan in China!

 “We have been really pleased with the response; we are running two break-away groups on the night via Zoom. One group is mainly church members led by the Revd Pam and Bob, who are going deeper into discipleship. The other group is led by Revd. Mark and Emma and is a mix of church members and non-members from across the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and surrounding areas. Some of these people are “just looking”.

“We had quite a few conversations about the course with people who were just not ready for Alpha or church, so, our prayer is that at the end of this course we may be able to either run it again for them or even look towards running a physical Alpha course back in our churches so they can continue to explore their journey around their faith.”

Here is a list of the topics for discussion on the Alpha course:
  • Is There More To Life Than This?
  • Who Is Jesus?
  • Why Did Jesus Die?
  • How Can I Have Faith?
  • Why and How Do I Pray?
  • Why and How Should I Read the Bible?
  • How Does God Guide Us?

  • Who Is The Holy Spirit?
  • What Does The Holy Spirit Do?

  • Does God Heal Today?
  • What About The Church?

This story was published on Tuesday 23rd June 2020.