Chennai & Mumbai
The Premier of AYFS, English in Chennai
On 29th October, the premier of AYFS took place at Hotel Hablis, Guindy. The 2-hour event had about 20 delegates from leading schools and colleges in Chennai. The event had all the delegates experience a live AYFS session peppered with fun. The evening concluded with the delegates having a wonderful round of discussion as to how AYFS could be made appropriate to schools & colleges in Chennai. The Post Launch Training 30th October had key leaders from New Life Assembly of God (NLAG) and 6 other select Churches along with the Chennai Youth ALPHA team. Wini, Paul & Aaron from Alpha Malaysia made the event quite interactive and effective bringing in their passion and enthusiasm to the fore. The Leaders experienced AYFS in its full color. The AYFS Toolkit made the discussions and learning quite effective led by Wini. The Leaders were eager to get hold of the Tamil AYFS and start Alphas in their churches by January 2016.
The Premier of AYFS, Tamil in Chennai
About 250 pastors from over 150 Churches in Chennai gathered at the Balar Kalvi Nilayam Auditorium, Vepery on the evening of 30th October for the premiering of the AYFS in Tamil. It was an evening of young Pastors and leaders coming together. Pas Isaac Daniel, Strategic Committee Chairman of the Synod of Pentecostal Churches (Youth Wing) commemorated the event. Paul & Aaron from Alpha Malaysia got the group to shake their legs to a thumping song. The gathering was made to sit in small groups of 6 members with a Chennai Alpha team volunteer in each group. Following this was a time of experiencing the AYFS in full throttle. The group got their taste buds in action munching treats served hot at their seats by Pas. Timothy's boys (House of Prayer, Peramanur). The Tamil AYFS went live with Paul & Aaron facilitating the discussions translated by Pas. Marcus , Christian Community Church , Valsaravakkam. Wini from Alpha Malaysia then envisioned the group sharing her personal testimony and encouraging the Church in Chennai to evangelize. The National Director, Mr. Jacob wrapped up the evening sharing testimonies of Alpha happenings in Chennai and challenging the leaders to reach out. Pas. Ramesh, the first person to run Alpha in Chennai and Pas. Stephen, senior most pastor present that evening got copies of AYFS from the National Director. The evening concluded with a graceful traditional dance by a believer of the Word of Life Nepali Church, Nungambakkam.
The Premier of AYFS, Hindi in Mumbai
Over one hundred and twenty delegates representing twenty-six different churches and organisations gathered for the much awaited launch of AYFS at Mumbai on the 31st of October The city’s young leaders and youth ministers / pastors participated enthusiastically. Majority were young leaders and pastors focussing their work on youth. The guest team from Alpha Malaysia kept the crowd at the edge of their seats all through the program. The two youngsters Paul and Aaron made the crowd experience Alpha by starting the evening in the fashion in which a regular AYFS session would start. While the crowd was still absorbing this experience both Sis. Wini and Mr. Jacob drove the nail in by sharing their own Alpha stories and adding a global perspective to Alpha for Youth. They shared from Alpha's new three dimensional approach of Alpha being a Story, a Tool and an Experience.
The occasion was also graced by Pas. Scott Norling, the Chairman of Alpha India who launched the Alpha Youth Film Series kit. The evening turned to be a blessing even as guests registered for training to run AYFS in their churches.