Alpha Course

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of dinner conversations that explore life, spirituality and faith in a fun, non-judgmental and open environment. It’s perfect for skeptics, the curious, anyone with major doubts or hurts or those who just want to talk about the real issues of life with new friends.  Alpha begins on Tuesday, January 16th at 6:30 for five consecutive weeks.

Hospitality

St. Philip's Sanctuary is transformed into a cozy bistro - set with tables and linens.* Chef Chuck, leads the dinner team.

Talk

We share an awesome meals and watch a brief Alpha video designed to engage and inspire conversation.

Discussion

After the video, there is an opportunity to share thoughts and ideas on the topic. And, it's okay just to listen.

* During Covid 19, social distancing and safety procedures will be followed.

Alpha Participants Tell Their Stories

Alpha and Meeting New Friends

Molly, a new member of St. Philip’s, shares how she made friends and joined a small group because of ALPHA.  Be sure to listen to her compelling testimony!

First Time Alpha Attendee

First time St. Philip’s Alpha attendee, Dorothy, shares why she is so glad about taking the first step…”I had all sorts of questions that I was afraid to talk about…In our video discussion group I learned that my questions were just like questions everyone else had.”

Alpha Alumni

Dave and Carla, 15 years involved with St. Philip’s Alpha, give an overview of the Alpha session. The couple explains the idea that sitting around a dinner table is a unique no pressure way to share ideas. They further explain that the table discussions will likely help you come to a better understanding that you would have on your own.

Here's What to Expect

Bruce shares what you might expect at St. Philip’s Alpha. No matter where you are from no faith to long-term faith you will likely get a mind-expanding nugget that will stay with you forever.

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Samantha Veness

Samantha Veness

Children’s Ministry Co-Director

Meet Samantha

Hi! I am blessed to be a Co-Director of Children’s Ministry. As a child, I always saw my mother lead our church’s children’s ministry and knew if I had a chance, I too, would like to be that role model for my children. My husband, Zack, and I were led to search for a new church family during the pandemic while everything was still shut down and large gatherings were still frowned upon. We were invited by family to attend St. Philip’s outdoor services and the rest was history!  We have two daughters, Raegan, 4, and Shelby, 2. We enjoy all things outdoors: hiking/walking, biking, boating, swimming, and Zoo trips. My hope is for the children who attend our Children’s Ministry Program is for them to learn and grow in their faith and for them to have the confidence to always know God’s love for them. I had a crisis of faith when we were told we would not be able to have children, but with the background of growing up in a loving church, I knew I could turn to God. 

Platinum Sponsorship - $1,500

  • Top-Tier Logo Placement

  • Color Logo Displayed on Start/Finish Banner

  • Logo on Race Bags

  • Logo on Route Pacers Shirts

  • Marketing Materials From Your Organization in Race Bags

  • 3 Free Race Entries to the 5K

  • Organization Name, Website, & Logo on the Race Website

  • Recognition on Social Media

  • Opportunity to Attend Race & Have a Booth

Clair Martin

Clair Martin

Children’s Ministry Co-Director

Meet Clair

I serve as a Co-Director of Children’s Ministry here at St. Philip’s. My family and I have been attending since August of 2022; my husband, Philip, and I found St. Philip’s after moving from the Philadelphia area where I taught second grade at a small Christian school. We have two children–Noelle and Philip Jr.–and a mini goldendoodle named Ginger. You might find us strolling around the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden or searching for a Korean restaurant to call our favorite. I pray that God will work in and through our Children’s Ministry to show young ones and their families the wonders of His marvelous love, both within our church and throughout the community.

Amaris Cruz

Amaris Cruz

Ministry Intern

Meet Amaris

What is your role at St. Philip’s?
I am the ministry intern. I get to have my hand in a lot of the ministries, from the youth to worship to administrative work and social media. I get to serve in so many different capacities and ministries.

How did you end up here?
I was in a 3 month discipleship program called Unaltered where I lived in Darlington, PA on a place called Prayer Mountain. Through that program, I was connected with Jade and given a summer internship on the worship team. Through that, I was able to help in numerous other ministries. StP then decided to take me on for a year as their ministry intern.

What is your goal/prayer/hope for the work you do serving St. Philip’s and the community?
Coming to St. Philip’s, one of my goals has been to further find the direction the Lord wants me to go in ministry. The Lord has already grown me as a worship leader and is consistently changing my heart towards serving others. I hope to love this community well and serve wherever there is a need. My prayer is that I’m continually given opportunities to say yes and honor the Lord and the church through serving and loving those around me.

What personal items (families, hobbies, quirks) would you like to share with the world, if any?
One of my goals in life is to own a thrift store. Thrifting, fashion and clothing have always been things that I loved and am passionate about. I believe it would be a great opportunity to minister to others and love on whatever community I land in well. It’s something I could talk about for ages. Next time you see me, ask me about it!

Bronze Sponsorship - $300

  • Marketing Materials

    Your company's marketing materials in the race bags.

  • Website Recognition

    Honorable mention on St. Philip's web site.

  • Race Presence

    Opportunity for your company to have a presence at the race.

Silver Sponsorship - $500

  • Organization Name

    Your company logo displayed on the start/finish banner and organization name Harvest Race shirts. *

  • Accommodations for Sponsor Marketing Materials

    Coupons and promo items at the race. (supplied by the sponsor.)

  • Website Recognition

    Your company logo with hyperlink displayed on the Race website.

  • Social Media Recognition

    Mention in race-related social media posts.

  • Race Presence

    Opportunity for your company to have a presence at the race.

Gold Sponsorship - $1,000

  • Second-Tier Logo Placement

    Your company logo prominently displayed on the start/finish banner and on Harvest Race shirts.*

  • Complimentary Race Entries

    Three race entries to the 5K Walk/Run ($100 value).

  • Website Recognition

    Your company logo with hyperlink displayed on the St.Philip's website.

  • Media Recognition

    Mention in all race-related press releases and social media posts.

  • Race Presence

    Opportunity for your company to have a presence at the race.

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