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Hello! My name is Sarah and I am the president of the University of Northampton Christian Union (UNCU). I am very excited to be writing the first blog on our newly relaunched website.


I am wondering who might be reading this. I guess you could be a member of our CU already; in which case, I hope you have had a fantastic summer and I can’t wait to see you again in September.

Or you could be a new student. Let me take this opportunity to welcome you to Northampton. I really hope I can make contact with each and every one of you during freshers week.

Or maybe you’re a parent of a new student. I’m sure my parents would have appreciated somebody telling them that their daughter would be ok! I promise to take the best care of them I can, and as a committee, we have been praying for them long before they got their exam results.

Or you could be my mum, who feels bad that nobody might read my hilarious blog entry so is reading it out of sympathy. Hi Mum.


The past year at Northampton CU has been interesting! Let me be honest, we are not a particularly big CU but you know what they say, “good things come in small packages.” They also say, “poison comes in little bottles”, but what do ‘they’ know really? And who are ‘they’..? The most important thing though is that we have God at our heart. During a conference the committee attended earlier this year, we were given a picture of everyone standing around a cross. In one hand they held onto all their individual traits, beliefs, opinions and thoughts, but the other hand was reaching out and touching the cross. I think this is a great representation of what we are like at UNCU – all different but ultimately we have Jesus in common.

So we want to welcome you, whoever you are and wherever you’re at to come and join us. Diversity is good and discussion is encouraged. If everyone were like me, we would all be busy watching funny Segway videos on YouTube, drinking tea, laughing at our own jokes and dancing around to George Ezra.

And as for being small, Luke 12:32 says,

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”

To be a mighty “little flock”, we need some prayer particularly for our new freshers (who no doubt are going to be awesome) and for us as a committee as we finish planning/organising/panicking about freshers week and also attend Forum (find out more about Forum by clicking here).

If you would like to know more about UNCU, feel free to explore the website. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter (links at the bottom of each page) and we have an email address too (find that on the ‘Contact Us’ page).

I'm going to leave you with a picture of us, the committee so you can familiarise yourselves with our ugly mugs. We really are psyched to meet you! 


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!



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


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!


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!