Saturday, 19 June 2021

Henley Alpha Course

ABOUT 30 people attended the launch of a new spiritual discussion group in Henley.

ABOUT 30 people attended the launch of a new spiritual discussion group in Henley.

The Henley Alpha Course had its first meeting at the d:two centre café in Market Place.

The guest speaker was Huseyin Djemil, from Henley, who told how he had recovered from drug addiction.

Mr Djemil attended Yeldall Manor in Wargrave to help him and this was where he became a Christian.

He said: “While there I decided to give God a try. Many years later I am still in recovery from addiction and able to use my past negative experiences to help and support others.

“My story may be a bit extreme but behind it was the opportunity to ask questions about life’s big issues and arrive at my own conclusions and that’s what Alpha is all about.”

Mr Djemil is now director of his own firm, Green Apple Consulting, a specialist substance misuse consultancy working mainly in the UK criminal justice and drug treatment sectors. Russell Martin, assistant pastor of Henley Baptist Church, said: “The Alpha course is available to all at no cost and people are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as they want.

“There is no follow-up of any kind. It is a safe place to explore spirituality and share ideas.”

Henley Alpha meets at the centre every Tuesday from 7.45pm until early December. Each session features a meal followed by a short talk or video and an open discussion.

Mr Martin added: “There is no such thing as a silly question. We hope people will come and stimulate discussion by asking any questions they have about spirituality, the meaning of life and Christianity.”

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