Last Friday Night

Last Friday Night

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The world can be saved from political chaos and collapse by one thing, and that is worship.

Every Friday night, club-goers throng the rooftop of Lot 10 Shopping Centre, located right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for hours of uninhibited, unadulterated fun. 

But on a particular Friday night in November, hundreds were seen, for the first time, gathering at the rooftop of the mall, not to club but to worship. 

Worship Central held a worship gathering on 14 November 2014 at the Alpha Asia Pacific Hub, filling the hall — and the rooftop — with exuberant and impassioned singing and dancing. Worshippers came and left, overwhelmed with joy, peace and a renewed sense of Jesus's love for them. 

Luke Hellebronth, Worship Leader and Global Adviser at Worship Central, said: "We believe that worship is the total alignment of our heart, soul, mind and strength with the will of God. It is our wholehearted response to God's extravagant love and mercy. 

"Archbishop William Temple said, 'The world can be saved from political chaos and collapse by one thing, and that is worship.' We are living to see the worship of Jesus made central in society."

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Sheela's Story

Sheela's Story

The idea of running Alpha in the workplace honestly stemmed from a practical reason – late working hours were a barrier to my colleagues being able to attend Alpha at church. It made sense to bring Alpha to the workplace for those who were interested to give it a go.

I remember feeling quite nervous and unsure the first time we ran it back in 2014. I didn’t know what to expect or if anyone would even turn up! ‘Ye of little faith’ I remember a friend saying to me when we ended up with a solid group of about 20 in that first round. Since then, we’ve run Alpha four times - sometimes with larger groups, sometimes with smaller groups - but each experience has never failed to be just as amazing.

The most interesting aspect for me about running Alpha in our workplace was the immediate connection that people made from having something fundamental in common – where they work. There was little need for breaking the ice and discussions took off from day 1 with guests feeling comfortable sharing their thoughts and perspectives.

Alpha in the workplace complements what the church is doing by reaching out to a community that might not have been able to be reached. So many of us know that being out there in the corporate world trying to make it in the great rat race can get tiring and it’s only a matter of time before one begins to ask “Is there more to life that this?” – which is a question that was on the minds of our guests when they came. Alpha provided that safe space for conversations that might not have taken place otherwise.

The most memorable account from a guest for me comes from a guy who had attended our first ever run of Alpha. Post-Alpha, he told us that while was hesitant initially about the whole idea, eventually the weekly sessions became a place of refuge for him in the busyness of work. He said that it was a truly unexpected experience - “Work is what I had associated with stress and a lack of peace but through Alpha, work became a place I found hope, peace and faith.”

It’s not smooth sailing all the time but it is stories like this and many more of that nature that remind me that even if it’s for one person each round, it’s still worth it. And I’d just love to encourage anyone who’s thinking about it to just give it a go! The training and material make the process really simple to get started. Your adventure of a lifetime in running Alpha is just around the corner… trust me, it’s worth it!

Work is what I had associated with stress and a lack of peace but through Alpha, work became a place I found hope, peace and faith.
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