Sheffield Launch Party

Sheffield Launch Party

St Thomas Crookes

We are learning that faith means taking risks

Early in February 2015, the students and young adults community at St Thomas Crookes Sheffield asked the question: What if we hosted one of the best parties in the city? And what if we made it an invitation to Alpha? 

James Brown, Student worker at St Thomas:

We are learning that faith means taking risks. The old ways can’t simply be repeated. To reach new people we have to try new things. After all, we have an infinitely creative God, who I think loves it when we step beyond our comfort zones into a place of dependency and expectation. 

We wanted to be braver. So we went bigger. 

We wanted to take a risk. So we didn't use our building.

We wanted it to be classy but with a bit of an edge (you know, dance that fine line). So we hired an arty exhibition space right in the heart of the city. 


The vibe was 'Battle of the Bands' meets 'Alpha Launch Party'.  Aimed at 18-30s, we worked our grapevine and invited our mates. We handed out personalised card invitations with tickets to come and enjoy some music and have a drink with us, on a Monday night. The place was packed. 

405 people came to the party. Out of that crowd, 140 people came across to do Alpha with us. It was lots of fun and we have made loads of new friends. People became Christians and some people joined small groups across the Church to keep the conversation going. 

We had lots of fun and can’t wait to have a go again next year!

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More than Mutual // Anna and Emmanuel's Story

More than Mutual // Anna and Emmanuel's Story

From exploring London together to a trip down under for a Grandmother’s blessing, Anna and Emmanuel have been more than mutual friends for 16 years.

“Fireworks went off by chance, although I did tell her it was planned.”

With the pipes in Anna’s family words travels fast, along with recommendations to try out the Marriage Course.

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Every table was looked after… you felt like you were on a date from the moment you walked in.

After experiencing values of speaking out and listening, the Marriage Course has provided them with a new inside lingo.

Listen to their story to find out how trying the Marriage Course led to giving Alpha a go too.

If you would like to attend or run a Marriage Course, click here to find one in your community or local area.

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