“May the God of peace … equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.”
During my university days, away for the first time from the familiar surroundings of family, school and local church, the Christian Union played an important part in my life and growth as a Christian and in finding God’s guidance for the way forward. This has given me an ongoing interest in the work of the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) in supporting Christian Unions.
In UCCF’s words: “Christian Unions are groups of students from a range of local churches who join together to help everyone at university engage with the life-changing message of Jesus. They are led by students, resourced by Staff Workers and Relay Workers and supported by the local church.”
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought enormous upheavals and uncertainties in the life of students, and especially for those entering the university world for the first time. UCCF has been creating new resources to support CU’s in their response, for example by equipping them to run “Impact Groups” of around six students each, either online or in person where possible, with the aim of providing a solid grounding both in Scripture and in evangelism. Resources are also being provided for CU’s to offer an “Explore” track for seekers.
UCCF Staff Workers play a key role in coming alongside the CU’s and in working with them in making use of resources such as these. Shirley and I are currently supporting two of these Staff Workers, one of them working with the CU’s in the two universities in Brighton and the other with two university CU’s in Manchester. Ron Stanford