Category Archives: Alpha

New members admitted

Our harvest celebration today was Cliff’s last service with us before his departure to the United States. We shared lunch as a congregation to wish him well. Some of our linked congregation friends joined us from Glassary Kilmartin and Ford parish.
We also had the privilege today of welcoming two new members by profession of faith. Nick Smith and Courtney Howlett came to us to explore Christianity a year ago. They were excited to join the Alpha which was held in Achnamara Hall. Their new found faith in Jesus has led them to become active in our congregation where they are involved in Messy Church and Alpha Next.

More alpha

If you would like to know more about Alpha, the introduction to the Christian faith then why not come along to one of our “Try before you buy” sessions in Achnamara Hall. 

Saturday 22 September 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Sunday 23 September 7 – 9 pm

Trailer…click here.

Alpha is for anyone who’s curious. The talks are designed to encourage conversation in a friendly and open environment. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. If you enjoy this session, more will follow. If at any time you decide it’s not for you that’s not a problem. There’s no pressure and no follow up.

Definitive List Of Every Essential Element For An Effective Church

But first, a few things that aren’t on the list.
• A church doesn’t need to be big to be effective.
• A church doesn’t need to be small to be effective.
• A church doesn’t need a mission statement to be effective.
• A church doesn’t need a choir or worship team to be effective.
• A church doesn’t need suits and dresses to be effective.
• A church doesn’t need to dress casually to be effective.
• A church doesn’t need small groups to be effective.
• A church doesn’t need a website to be effective.
• A church doesn’t need a building to be effective.
• A church doesn’t even need a pastor to be effective.
Our Priorities Matter
None of those things are wrong. Many of them can make a good ministry better.
But they’re not essential.
When we think any extra-biblical element is essential, it becomes divisive. Our way is right and other ways are wrong.
Then we start obsessing over them.
Wasting time, money and emotion on them.
Arguing over them.
Alienating ourselves from other believers because of them.
And ignoring real needs because of our obsession with non-essentials.
What Are the Essentials?
There are only three essential elements for a church to be effective:
1. People who genuinely love Jesus
2. People who genuinely love each other
3. People who share that good news with others
No, that’s not a new list. If it was, they wouldn’t be essential. They’re a simple restatement of Jesus’ Great Commandment and Great Commission to love the Lord with all our heart, love our neighbour as ourself, and go make disciples.
Jesus said these are the essentials.
Anything less isn’t church.
Anything more is personal preference.
The Personal Preference Problem
No personal preference is worse than any other – unless it draws people away from any of those essentials.
No personal preference is better than any other – except to the person whose faith is strengthened by it.
The problem with our personal preferences is that we really do prefer them. Sometime we prefer them over the actual essentials.
It’s too easy to allow non-essential preferences to take over our lives, churches and ministries. The danger isn’t that we’ll fail, but that we’ll do the non-essentials so well that we’ll accept them as a substitute for truly effective ministry.
Perhaps the #1 job of a church leader is not to let our guard down in the relentless battle to keep the non-essentials from crowding out the essentials.

This is from a blog by Karl Vaters in Christianity Today.

It’s alpha time again!

Try this out at Achnamara Hall

Friday 29 September at 7 pm – Soup and Desserts followed by a DVD and discussions

Or Saturday 30 September at 1 pm – Soup and Cake followed by a DVD and discussions

Who’s it for? – Alpha is for anyone who’s curious. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.

How does it work? – Alpha is 11 sessions with the option of a day away in the middle. Each session includes a meal, a short DVD and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts. At any point, if you think Alpha is not for you, that’s not a problem. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge.

Why taste and see? – it’s just that – come along and try the first session and see what you think. If you like it we’ll organise more sessions, if not, no pressure, no follow up.

Alpha starts in Achnamara 

After a successful couple of “Taste and See sessions” where we watched and then discussed “Is there more to life than this?”, a series of Alpha evenings is now planned for Achnamara Hall.

Starting on Tuesday 7 March at 7 pm

Soup and pudding followed by a short DVD and discussion.

This second DVD is titled “Who is Jesus?”

Come and tell us what you think……

Alpha “Taste and See”

Try this out  at Achnamara Hall 

Friday 24 February at 7 pm – Soup and Desserts followed by a DVD and discussions

Or Saturday 25 February at 1 pm – Soup and Cake followed by a DVD and discussions

 Who’s it for? – Alpha is for anyone who’s curious. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.

How does it work? – Alpha is 11 sessions with the option of a day away in the middle. Each session includes a meal, a short DVD and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts. At any point, if you think Alpha is not for you, that’s not a problem. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge.

Why taste and see? – it’s just that – come along and try the first session and see what you think. If you like it we’ll organise more sessions, if not, no pressure, no follow up.