The Alpha Youth team had great fun in the teen Global Village at the International Congress of the WMOF, here are Annette, Beth and Amanda with Cardinal Tagle of The Philippines (a fan of Alpha!). We also ran a stand in the RDS hall and built many connections with Parishioners, missionaries and priests from around Ireland. It's fantastic to see how much everyone loves Alpha. Central to our mission were spreading the word about The Marriage Course and The Parenting Children and The Parenting Teenagers Courses - it's great to see so much interest in our resources - we love serving you with the gift of Alpha however we can.
After the WMOF, the Youth Team have hit the ground running and Alpha is taking place 27 schools so far this term with more starting in the Spring. Working alongside Theresa Cronin in Cork, we now have a new Regional Youth Coordinator, Deirdre Lightbody. In August, 3 dedicated Mission Team workers joined us in Cork, the Midlands and Dublin/Leinster. Come and meet the rest of the team on our Alpha Youth Website!
Alpha Growing Nationwide
Another exciting development is the appointment of Clodagh Gallagher as Alpha Diocesan Coordinator in Waterford & Lismore. Clodagh is working alongside Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan to support parishes and schools across Waterford as they launch Alpha. She has hit the ground running and, to date, there are 3 new courses in schools, as well as 2 inWaterford City, with a further 10 parish courses planned in the Diocese. We are so thrilled to welcome Clodagh to the Alpha Ireland team!
A New Season
In October, our National Director, Peter Rigney, moved on to new opportunities having served faithfully in this role for 5 years. All of us in Alpha Ireland, staff, Board of Management and the many volunteers and supporters of Alpha are going to miss Peter's zeal and enthusiasm, and wish him well for the future. Dominic Perrem, who was our Living Faith Coordinator, is the Interim National Director. You can find out more about our whole team on our website, and contact us anytime!
Running Alpha - It's Never Been So Easy
We are delighted that the new ALPHA BUILDER is live on our website - it has never been easier to run Alpha! Training Videos, downloading Alpha, adding team members and listing your Alpha on our online map - all this can be done for free - and, don't forget, we are always here to answer any queries you have - please be in touch! If you are looking for an Alpha, Alpha Youth, Marriage or Parenting Course near you, have a look at our brilliant new interactive map! We are here to help you find, run, and discover Alpha any way that we can.
Now in its fifth year!
We are excited to let you know about this week with 27 presenters from a variety of backgrounds, taking place in 13 venues around Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare,
jointly sponsored and supported by both the Catholic and Church of Ireland Dublin Dioceses, other churches and key Christian groups including Scripture Union and Evangelical Alliance Ireland .
www.bibleweek.iefor the full programme in your area... with4 SPECIAL EVENTS...FREE ENTRY (except the Symposium event) including:
Launch Event - Sunday 20th Mayat 5pm in St Catherine’s Church, Dublin 8
Pentecost Schools Project Celebration and Presentation evening, Wednesday 23rd May at 7.30pm, St Laurence’s Church of Ireland, Martins Row, Chapelizod, Dublin 20.
Symposium Event. Thursday 24th May at 2pm, Clonliffe College, Dublin 3 (Entrance Fee €12)
THINKING ALLOWED. Thursday 24th May at 7.30pm, Clonliffe College, Dublin 3. This is a unique event with a panel of speakers including three couples from different church backgrounds address the question: What have we from our personal experience discovered about living and passing on the Christian faith within our family. The special guest panel included three couples from difference churches:
Bernadette and Patrick Barco (RC parish Ballinteer); Glynis and Basil Good (Church of Ireland Shankill); Dianne and Alan Morris (Methodist Church Dundrum);
with Archbishop Michael Jackson (Church of Ireland Archbishop – Dublin); Archbishop Eamon Martin (Catholic Archbishop – Armagh)
Closing Event. Sunday 27th May at 7:30pm, Lutheran Church, 24 Adelaide Road Dublin. Guest speaker - Rev Rob Jones