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    During moments of uncertainty and physical distancing, finding creative ways to continue to meet together is more vital than ever.

    Alphas all over Canada are running online in this season and we want to support and serve churches across the nation as they continue to share life, faith and Jesus.

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    At Alpha Canada, our mission remains the same – to serve the Canadian Church in its mission to help people discover a relationship with Jesus Christ.

    We are praying for you and we are here to serve, listen, and pray as you discern the best way to make Jesus known in your community during this season.

    We are encouraging all churches to follow the guidelines mandated by the public health authorities in their region.

    Digital Solutions

    We’ve been amazed by the stories of churches who are innovating to run not only their services online, but also their Alphas online; demonstrating remarkable ways to show love and hospitality to guests through a digital experience.

    1. Find an Online Solution

    Some services we recommend are Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Skype.

    2. Decide on the Format

    Have all participants dial in to one web conference to watch the video/talk and then break out into individual discussion groups. Or provide the weekly video to all hosts and have each group join into their own web conference.

    3. Alpha Weekend Away

    If doing an online weekend away, we recommend: Watch all three videos in one day. Include live or pre-recorded testimonies to create an authentic and personal environment. Make sure to add fun elements into the day!

    4. Prayer Ministry

    We recommend each host feels out their group when it comes to prayer ministry: Break out into smaller groups and pray for each other. Invite guests to request prayer from the group host via chat or email.

    Quality Discussion

    • Ask all guests to be on video
    • Ask all guests to join in a quiet environment if possible
    • Ask all guests to unmute during discussion. (Unless in a noisy setting). This allows for a more organic, free-flowing conversation.
    • Ask guests to not use green screen backgrounds to create a more natural environment.

    Online Hospitality

    Communicate Well:

    Send weekly emails re-capping last week’s talk/discussion and ask guests to share their thoughts via email. Make sure to check-in if someone missed a night.

    Session Engagement:

    Make sure either the course host or group host is engaging right from the beginning of the online session – saying hello to people, asking questions, telling jokes. Avoid the silent downtime to keep excitement and enthusiasm high.

    Chat functionality:

    Encourage hosts, helpers, and guests to utilize the chat functionality to comment and ask questions during the video as well as during discussion time when others are talking.

    Host Preparation

    Internet Connection:

    Make sure you have a strong internet connection. If possible, plug directly into an ethernet cable.

    Equipped with Resources:

    Make sure the hosts have the video downloaded and discussion questions ready to share.

    Small Group Discussion:

    Churches have found that guests tend to get more vulnerable faster online than in person. Prep your hosts to expect this.

    Short and Sweet:

    Churches have found that in an online format, people start to lose interest at around the one-hour mark. We recommend keeping the full session to no longer than 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    Alpha Online Resources

    When you register/login to MyAlpha, you’ll have access to:

    • Alpha Online Learning Module
    • Instructions for using Zoom
    • Video tutorials
    • Digital images to promote your online Alpha
      Alpha Online Resources