I’m hoping to host an Alpha in my home and invite my neighbours, but I have no idea if they’re going to be interested.
My wife and I have been getting to know some of our neighbours a lot more over the past couple of years. We’ve had them in our home a few times, and some of them have had us over as well. Our girls have pretty much learned to swim in one of our neighbour’s pool, and we’ve even been involved in birthday parties and other fun activities. It certainly feels like we’ve been enjoying genuine and meaningful connections with our neighbours, but asking them to Alpha is something new, and I’m not sure how it’ll go.
And, I think this is normal.
Alpha Canada has produced a great video that highlights the hope and uncertainty that reaching out to others around us can bring. The video reminds us that it’s only in opening up our lives to others that spaces for honest conversations are possible. It’s about letting people truly be themselves while they explore the deepest parts of themselves with people they trust.
If you’re hoping to invite someone to Alpha this Fall – maybe a friend, neighbour or co-worker – make sure to start with, and continue in, prayer. Ask the Spirit for an understanding of if, when and how you are to invite them, and to give you a sense of God’s love for the person for whom you’re praying. As you keep praying, look for chances to open up your life and have meaningful conversations with this person. We don’t need to force an invitation and it doesn’t have to be awkward.
An invitation to Alpha is the same as any other invitation – it’s simply a chance to experience something great together.
This fall, Alpha groups are going to be happening all over the Niagara Region, starting Sun Sep 15. You’ll be able to find out where by going to tryalpha.ca.
Also, if you’re interested in hosting an Alpha, in your home with friends or neighbours, we’d love to help you do that. Start by connecting with us online or email email@example.com. And, make sure to attend our Open Team Training on Mon Sep 9, 6:30 pm at Bethany. Just like a regular Alpha session, we’ll have food, videos and great discussion.
As I said before, I’m not sure how my neighbours will respond to an Alpha invite, but I am sure of this: Inviting people to experience and be changed by Jesus is always worth stepping into. It might feel a little awkward, and I’m uncertain what their response will be, but I think feeling a little awkward by stepping into this unknown space is absolutely worth it.
Because, it’s a chance for my neighbours to be introduced to Jesus and the life He has for them.
Grace and peace!