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Alpha Ireland Conference to ‘equip Church for mission’

By Katie Ascough - 11 October, 2019

Dominic Perrem, Alpha Ireland National Director (left) and Nicky Gumbel, Pioneer of Alpha and Vicar of HTB in London (right)

Alpha Ireland’s first national conference will be held at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel in Co. Laois from 18 to 19 October.

According to their website, Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation.

Alpha is run all around the globe in a variety of venues including cafés, churches, universities, and peoples’ homes. Alpha series usually include food, a talk and an opportunity to converse with others searching for a deeper understanding of the Christian faith.

The Alpha Ireland Conference 2019, also known as AIC19: DISCOVER, is a two-day event in which church leaders will come together, learn and network.

The ‘DISCOVER’ theme, according to Alpha Ireland, is a call for leaders to come and learn how to turn their parishes from maintenance to mission and to explore how Alpha can slot into a framework that is inviting, outward looking and welcoming for young people to the heart of the Church.

National Director of Alpha Ireland, Dominic Perrem, says: We are so pleased to welcome these inspiring speakers from home and abroad to help us all continue the path from maintenance to mission in our parishes and communities.

Alpha is a tool that is made for the Church and we’re really looking forward to a conference that will show us all how to build a new culture of mission around Alpha and the parish.’

Speakers at the conference will include Keynote Ron Huntley, co-founder of Divine Renovation Ministry, a highly successful and well-known Catholic renewal programme; Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan of Waterford and Lismore; Archbishop Michael Jackson; Louise Jones, Assistant Pastor at St Catherine’s Church in Dublin; and Jasper Rutherford of Christ In Youth Ministries.

Alpha Ireland is expecting hundreds to attend their conference which begins on Friday 18 October at 7 p.m.

To find more information and to book tickets, go to ireland.alpha.org.

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