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Sunday
Nov232014

A blog from our Secretary

Here is a slightly later than normal blog post from our Secretary, Zoe. Have a read to find out some of the things we have been up to...

 

Time has flown Freshers are starting to settle down to their new environments and people are clicking into routine. Equip (CU meeting) has seen a great regular number of people turn up each week of at least 30 people, friendships are building, small groups and the like are going well and we've had our first mini mission.

On campus our two small groups are currently going through Uncover with about 15 people going and are spread out between the two groups. A couple of Saturday’s ago some of us headed to our first ‘outside uni’ event. UCCF hosted a day called Transformission where we got to hear about God’s word and got to worship with CU’s from different universities.  The day also included judging and eating cakes by those who participated in the CU bake of. Our CU was proud to come back as second place winners!

Lastly on 21st and 23rd of October we hosted a lunch bar entitled ‘Is God really there’, a quiz night and grill a Christian. Our lunch bar and grill a Christian gave those with questions the opportunity to come and get them answered. Quiz night saw a turnout of 42 people, there was a great atmosphere of chatting and laughter.

God is working with us and through us in incredible ways and his work has only just begun.

 

Check back soon to find out some more exciting things we have been up to!

 

Wednesday
Oct012014

Pictures from Fresher's Week

Here are a few pictures of some of the things we got up to during Fresher's Week:

 

Our stand up on enrolment day for the students living in halls

 

The committee all ready to man the stand at Union Day

 

Ben and Chloe all set for day two of Union Day

 

We moved the stand outside on Wednesday

 

Some of the responses to Wednesday's question board

 

Then on Thursday we were outside the Chaplaincy

 

We had great fun playing rounders on Thursday evening

 

It was great to see so many new and returning faces at our first Equip of the year on Tuesday evening

Wednesday
Oct012014

October's news!

Following on from our blog post from Matt in September, we have October's edition from our Vice President Chloe. Find out about what we got up to during Fresher's week and some of the things we have got coming up...

Wow, what a great few weeks we have had! Fresher's week went amazingly well. Through our Lunch Bar events and Text a Toastie evening non-Christian students got the opportunity to hear the good news – along with some free food! Alongside this we had our first CU social where Christians new to the university got to meet one another. An evening of tangle, wink murder and signs – intrigued?

The next week saw the start of the main CU meetings called Equip. We had over 15 Freshers return, greatly boosting our numbers and the singing in the worship. As tradition a group then followed onto the pub, however with a group remaining to simply chat at the end of Equip – we are open to anything new!

As for the rest of October our CU Small Groups start up and we will have a mini mission’s week called a ‘GO’ week. Our events will include a Lunch Bar, Quiz night and a Grill a Christian. Finally, we are attending an event called Transformission, ran by UCCF. It’s a chance for the CU to become equipped and encouraged for mission on campus. Keep a look out on here for more information!

Make sure you check back next month to find out how these events go and what else we have got coming up later in the term!

Monday
Sep082014

New academic year... A fresh start

This is the first in a series of blog posts that will be brought to you throughout the year from our committee members. It is a chance for you to find out some of the things they have been up to and things they are looking forward to. We start off with our President, Matt, telling you about some of the things he has been up to this summer and about the events we have got coming up during Fresher's Week...

Welcome to the University of Northampton Christian Union, my name is Matt and I am the new President of the CU.  As a Christian Union we are very excited about starting this year, we have had a great summer break planning and preparing for the new term. Last week the Committee went away to Forum National – a UCCF training conference for CU leaders. We had an amazing week becoming equipped for leadership of the Christian Union and have been immensely encouraged to go back to campus and share the great Gospel message with students at the University of Northampton.

This September is going to be bigger and better than ever with more CU events happening during Fresher’s Week than ever before.  We promise to give students the chance to meet other Christian students on campus and to provide a space for fresher’s coming to university to think about Christianity.  In order to do so, we’re putting on ‘Lunch Bars’ (whereby a free lunch is provided with a short talk and a chance to discuss some Christian thoughts), ‘Text-a-Toastie’ (students can text the CU any question they have about God or Christianity and we will give them a free toastie and attempt to answer their question), and the ‘New to CU’ evening will give students who are interested in joining the Chirstian Union a chance to learn more about the CU and a chance to meet some of the 2nd and 3rd years in the CU.

Finally, on the first four Sundays of term, we will be running ‘Church Search’, giving students’ the opportunity to try out different churches around the town as we really want fresher’s to feel settled and at home in Northampton as soon as possible. So a big welcome to all those joining the University of Northampton, especially if you are interested in joining the Christian Union or want to know more about being a Christian at University.  Not forgetting that we shall be running our weekly main meetings ‘Equip’ from Tuesday 30th September at 7pm in Delapre Lecture Theatre - we would love to see you there!

You can find out more about the committe here. Don't forget to check back next month to find out what another of our committee members has been up to!

 

Monday
Sep082014

Freshers Week

So here it is, the thing you have all been waiting for... the final outline for our Freshers Week events! We're so excited about all the things we have got planned and are looking forward to meeting you at them. Enjoy the last few weeks of the holiday!