Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Conversations on a Monday

I spoke with Pastor Paul Vallee of Living Stones church in Red Deer. I met with him earlier this year as Living Stones was about to begin their first regular Alpha in some time (they have run Alpha’s Youth Film Series a number of times). After that meeting, I made myself a reminder to call after their Alpha weekend to see how it went. I must say that my conversation with Pastor Paul made my day. They had 13 people pray to receive Christ and be filled with the Holy Spirit. They saw two previously completely unchurched families arrive for church on Sunday morning and left impressed and loving it.

I also carried on an email conversation with City Centre Church, here in Edmonton. They are running Alpha in Prive Ultralounge next door to their office. Their Sunday morning services are held in a Landmark Cinema in Downtown Edmonton. Judging by the Lounge’s website I’d say, at the very least, it’s an interesting venue for an Alpha. Last night was their first night and they had 18 new people out to it.

I received an email from a church who has a long-ago history with Alpha, but now with a brand new team and staff in place, is interested in reviving it. I will call him today (Tuesday) and arrange to get together for coffee.

Finally (I shouldn’t say finally, because even though I’ve only posted about four items here, my day, even at home in my office, seems to fill up with any number of things to which to attend), but finally for this post, I fired off an email to Jocelyne, the Youth Coordinator for the Catholic Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan, with a sales pitch about why she should consider Alpha for the young people of her diocese. I first met Jocelyne when I dropped in unannounced to the Chancery office in Grande Prairie and caught the whole staff on their coffee break in the basement. She replied this morning, saying how she knows Alpha is a wonderful tool and she may use it next year. That may sound like a put-off, but I believe her. She is fairly new to her position, with lots to do, so I have made a note to call her later on in the year.  

That was my Monday, usually one of the slower days of my week.

Blessings,

John

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