“I realized, through my small group, that God longs to be with us, to love on us, and to be loved in return.”
-- Heather Borchardt
The Discipleship Small Group, "Encounter Christ," was a game changer for me, and my husband, Tim. Our marriage was strengthened and steered back on course, and our household became a bit more peaceful and directed. It has become easier to set priorities. Learning the habits of discipleship and living them has given me a new perspective on life, a clearer picture of where God is calling me.
As we dove into scripture and explored how Jesus may be calling each of us at this moment, I began to discover a more personal Jesus. I found myself seeking him more and more every day. My prayer habit was evolving from a timed 15 minutes to sometimes close to an hour.
I realized, through small group, that God longs to be with us, to love on us, and to be loved in return. My greatest discovery was that no love is meant to be a one-way street. The most fulfillment in a loving relationship of any kind (including our relationship with God) is when both participate in the exchange of love. It is a mystery to me how God can gain anything from me, but if He can, how could I deny that time for him.
And so my prayer time is my most treasured time of the day. It is sacred. It brings my day into focus. It eases my anxiety. It reminds me that I am not in control. And as I release that control, I feel free. This is the hat I long to never take off.
I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I now know that I don’t need the answer. I just need to trust Jesus and surrender to his will for my life. And I know that I will always have my fellow disciples to continue to walk the journey.
ALPHA is a series of interactive sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each session focuses on a different question and is designed to create conversation. ALPHA is an experience that is hosted all around the world, and everyone is welcome to experience it right here with us at Holy Apostles!
Who comes to ALPHA?
Alpha is for people of all ages and different places in their faith journey. It is for someone looking to begin or restore a relationship with Jesus. It is for people looking to get back to basics and experience personal growth. It is for people who embrace the mission of the church and want others to meet Jesus.
What should you expect at an ALPHA session?
We start each session with a yummy meal, where you can relax and share about your day. Then, there's a video -- usually around 25 minutes long, that explores the big issues around faith and unpacks the basics of Christianity. Next up is the most important part of ALPHA --- the discussion. There’s no obligation to say anything. And there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly, and open environment.
Will food be provided? Yes, a meal will be provided at each session.
Will childcare be provided? Yes, childcare will be provided during each session by the school's Extended Care childcare team. A meal for the children will also be provided.
What if I can't make all 11 weeks? No problem. Come to as many as you can but, please still register so we can get a proper count for food.
Is Alpha right for me? Absolutely! Alpha provides something for everyone, regardless of where you are in your faith journey.
What if I've participated already? We'd love to have you back. Invite a friend or family member to share the experience with them.
Alpha will start on Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30 pm and end around 8:30 pm. The Retreat Day Away on Saturday, March 4. Please register by January 15th.
We know that young adults bring a unique perspective to their faith. Whether you are looking to connect with a faith community because you are hoping to meet new people or to explore your faith through social, small group or other prayer experiences, we can help connect you!
Below is just a sampling of opportunities for you within and beyond the Holy Apostles community.
DISCIPLESHIP SMALL GROUPS
Do you wonder what it would be like to meet Jesus and really get to know him?
A Discipleship Small Group is a series of weekly gatherings where you are guided in ways to know Christ and make Christ known. This group is for believers seeking to grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus and our community. You will learn to listen with your heart and respond to Jesus speaking to you personally.
Each gathering includes prayer, pondering the Word of God in Spirit-led dialogue, and sharing how the practice of habits to get closer to Jesus has impacted your life.
Groups of 8--12 people meet weekly for 90 minutes. We are currently running in-person Discipleship Small Groups, and you can join at any time.
Men Applying Scripture
Gather with men of all ages to discuss the upcoming Sunday scripture readings and how the Word of God can be applied to your daily life. LEARN MORE
Sons of the Father
Come together for faith-based presentations geared specifically for men. LEARN MORE
Sunday Scripture Study
Gather with men and women to listen to and reflect upon the scripture readings for the upcoming weekend. LEARN MORE
RCIA - BECOMING CATHOLIC
Becoming a Catholic is a joyful experience! It is a journey where we gradually discover God’s love for us. We can start this journey at any time. The key is to begin to hear God’s voice and respond to it.
If you are unbaptized, we welcome you to this journey. If you are baptized in another Christian Church, we welcome you to explore the journey of being received into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church that includes Confirmation & Eucharist. At whatever point you are in your journey, we're glad you're here!
If you are an adult Catholic seeking to be confirmed, we welcome you to this spiritual journey.
We invite you to learn more about the process through which God and and the community of Holy Apostles welcome or reconnect you with the Catholic Church. This faith and discipleship journey is guided by the Holy Spirit through our parish community. It is a personal journey in which you will grow as a Catholic disciple of Jesus Christ in our community.”