Friday Night Live Pontypridd
Live performances from local artists
Inspiring stories of lives changed
Great coffee in an awesome atmosphere
To see the Pontypridd and surrounding community brought together, to provide live entertainment in the form of local artists and speakers, free of charge, whose purpose is to inspire those present with the life-changing stories of faith in Jesus Christ.
Friday Nights 7pm - 9pm
Costa Coffee, Taff Street, Pontypridd.
Rob Smith 07528718031
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Alpha Course Pontypridd (Costa Coffee)
We are super excited about this opportunity to do Alpha in such a fab venue. Not just because of my obsession with coffee(!), but we really feel it's an ideal location in that it's a neutral environment, and we get to share Jesus with the people of Ponty 'out in the streets and marketplace' on their turf. We won't be the first apparently, I recently read of a course in a Costa in Sheffield http://www.alpha.org/journal/feature, and more locally a Starbucks in Talbot Green and more. So the course is already beginning to build a proven track record in coffee-house environments.
The folk that are doing it in Sheffield had this to say:
‘(It) was an intentional decision. We want to create new cultural norms, whereby it is natural for people to explore the meaning of life in coffee shops and pubs, not just the church. We are hoping that there is a new wave of people who will one day say, “I came to faith in a pub.” It is an experiment.’
which I guess sums up our heart for doing this - in part.
We also see it as a great opportunity to build on the unique unity enjoyed between followers of Jesus, churches and leaders in this town. Since Lucy and I moved to Ponty (just over a year ago now), we've been amazed at how many people we've met and began to build relationship with, who share a desire to see God move in a powerful way in this town, and are so willing to work together, open-handed, pooling together, regardless of results or who goes to who's church. This is a beautiful thing. We've really appreciated the amazing response and continued support for example, when we felt the Lord lead us to do the Friday Night Live events, whose continued success has led to this current opportunity.
So we have invited leaders and speakers from different churches and community groups to come get involved. Part of Alpha's slogan is "No pressure. No follow up. No charge" and I think having speakers/helpers from different churches and groups may also take the pressure off attendees that a particular church is trying to pull them in(?)...maybe, maybe not. This can be an experiment too, I guess.
The course will be launched at our next Friday Night Live event on 3rd October 7PM-9PM. There will be an introductory message "Is there more to life than this?" and we will be encouraging people to sign-up to the course.
Course starts Thursday 16th Oct at &PM, and will meet every Thursday at Costa until 4th December (8 weeks)