Alpha Weekend/Day Away
There’s nothing more impacting than giving people the opportunity to experience God’s love and find faith in Jesus - it is simply life changing.
The Holy Spirit Weekend/Day Away provides the opportunity for you and your church to help people explore faith in a deeper way. In the lead up to the weekend, you should be equipped and ready to run Alpha – this includes obtaining your Alpha resources, getting hold of your promotional materials and facilitating Alpha training with your team. If you feel you’re missing something please contact our office and we are more than happy to help you!
The organisation of the Weekend/Day Away doesn’t have to be overwhelming! Here are some ideas about facilitating the Weekend Away or the Day Away.
We want to highlight the importance of including these sessions on the Holy Spirit, regards of whether it is over a weekend or a single day. Please do not skip these sessions.
Without the Holy Spirit, it is just not Alpha. Alpha is so much more than an intellectual discussion; it’s about providing opportunities for guests to experience God personally through the Holy Spirit.
For many guests this is the most transformative moment on Alpha. It is a significant time where their questions change and many guests make a commitment to follow Jesus.
Having a whole weekend to dwell on the Holy Spirit provides the best opportunity for people to fully experience the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. There is a lot to take in during the Alpha talks so this provides more time and space for the Holy Spirit to move in the life of the guests. If a full weekend is not possible, you can do it as a single day. Whichever you decide, we recommend that you go to a special off site location so it is a highlight of Alpha for your guests.
While it can seem daunting taking guests away from their normal and familiar environment, we are actually taking them away from the distractions of everyday life.
People are more focused and open when they have a chance to enjoy a relaxing location with new friends.
Keep in mind, this does not have to be an expensive venue. It could be a campsite in the country or by the sea. It could also be a holiday home through a congregation member. Some Alpha groups have just gone to another church that is a great venue nearby.
Things To Consider
Preparing for an Alpha Weekend/Day needs to be done in advance but it’s not a difficult process. There are a few things to organise, so here are some things for you to consider:
· Set a date
· Find a venue
· Arrange catering
· Arrange transport
· Discuss how the weekend will be funded
· Decide on speakers
· Inform guests on Alpha ASAP so they can keep the dates free
Suggested Timetable for a Weekend Away:
8.00pm Arrive and settle in
9.00pm Group game and introduction to weekend
9.30am Session 7 - 'Who Is The Holy Spirit?'
10.15am Morning Tea
10.30am Session 8 - 'What does The Holy Spirit Do?'
11.15am Small Group Discussion
Free afternoon - bush walk, games, etc
7.00pm Session 9 - 'How Can I Be Filled With The Spirit'
7.45pm Prayer Ministry - combine groups
10.00am Prayer and share time
10.30am Session 10 - 'How Can I Make the Most of the Rest of My Life?’
11.15am Wrap up summary
1.30pm Clean up and leave
Suggested Timetable for the alternative Day Away:
8.30am Guests arrive
8:45am Welcome & icebreaker game
9:10am 'Who Is The Holy Spirit and What Does He Do?’ (Student Alpha video)
9:40am Small group discussion
10.15am Morning Tea
11.00am ‘How Can I Be Filled with The Holy Spirit?' (Student Alpha video)
11.30am Prayer Ministry
2:00pm ‘How Does God Guide Me To Make The Most of the Rest of My Life?’ (Student Alpha video)
2:30pm Small group discussion
3:10pm Afternoon tea & gather together to share experiences
Join our Facebook page for Alpha leaders where you can ask other leaders around Australia your questions.
Explore the ‘Run’ section of our website which can be accessed by using your login here (http://australia.alpha.org/runresource) for more free resources.
If you have any questions about facilitating Alpha we are here to help so don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do what we can to support you.