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“Is There More to Life than This?

an article for the August 2007 Deep Cove Crier

Why have almost a million Canadians already taken the Alpha Course?  With ten million Alpha participants around the globe, Canada per capita is the most Alpha-friendly country in earth.  The Alpha Course nationally is based in Great Vancouver, which was one of the first parts of Canada to really open the door to Alpha.

This August we are launching the National Alpha Invitation 2007 in which thousands of churches from every denomination will be inviting their neighbours to explore the meaning of life.  Through billboards, buses, transit shelters, car flags and other creative methods, Canadians from coast to coast will be giving our wonderful nation an opportunity to rediscover what makes Canada great.

“I think Alpha is so popular” says Sally Start, the Canadian Director of Alpha “because the course provides a unique opportunity for real discussion around spiritual matters – important issues of life that matter to all of us.  There’s no preaching and everyone’s “Is There More to Life than This? opinions, and ideas are valued.”

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Alpha is designed primarily for non-churchgoers and is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting, over ten thought-provoking weekly sessions.  Each week guests enjoy a meal, and a talk on subjects as diverse as “Who is Jesus?” “What Does the Holy Spirit Do?” and “How Can I Make the Most of the Rest of My Life?” It is low-key, friendly and fun – and is supported by all parts of the Christian church.

The theme for this year’s Alpha Invitation 2007 is “IS THERE MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS?” Many Canadians have a lot of questions about the meaning and purpose of life.

Alpha is a safe way to do this where no one is put on the spot.  All questions and comments are welcomed on an Alpha course.  Everyone is accepted into a loving, caring community of fellow seekers.  There are no experts on an Alpha Course. Everyone is on a journey together.  One of the best things of the Alpha Course is the great friendships that one makes over the 10 weeks.

The first evening takes the form of an introductory dinner so you can see if Alpha might be for you.  You can find out more by going to

St. Simon’s North Vancouver is now launching its 27th Alpha Course on Thursday Sept 20th at 6:30pm.  To find out more or register, you can contact us at 778-772-5464 or 604-638-7792

The Reverend Ed Hird

Rector, St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver, BC

Anglican Coalition in Canada

The 'It's a New Day' TV station (March 23rd), and
the Miracle Channel TV station (Feb 15th)
have all recently done interviews about the 'Battle for the Soul of
Canada' book. The Feb 1st '100 Huntley Street' interview can be viewed
online by clicking on

You may wish to watch Dr. JI Packer's TV interview in which he endorses
the book "Battle for the Soul of Canada"

Both the long and short versions of this interview are at this location

YouTube has the short version of the Dr JI Packer interview at

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others, just send a cheque for $15 (plus $3.50 Shipping and Handling
(Canadian S&H*) to the Rev. Ed Hird, #1008-555 West 28th Street, North
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* By surface to the USA, the total cost for the book plus S&H would be
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