St Thomas Crookes
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!
Find out more about running Alpha with students here