Firstly, our society is for all walks of life and beliefs. Atheist, agnostic and of course Christian/Catholics are all welcomed.
Whenever I tell people I’m off to go to Christian Union or church, they always stare at me with an inquisitive smirk because they think I’m pulling their leg. I think the only way they believe me is if I say “look, you wanna come with me?” Then they’re like “err no, no I’m good thanks – I believe you.” Brilliant! Happens every time.
Honestly, I have no idea what they expect a Christian Union-goer to be like – Neat combed hair, with thick framed 80s glasses with their shirt tucked in? It’s so funny.
It’s funny because we’re not like that at all. Some people have this odd idea of Christian Union being some sort of place where there’s complete silence with an old monotone dude reading for an hour. Nope. We’re not judgemental on denominations either, there’s no guard at the front door asking for proof of what church you go to – It’s just a friendly environment!
In a normal session throughout the year we do group games, have guest speakers come in, debates on different questions, sharing testimonies, prayers, prayer requests and lots of Worship. Amen!
Those who play instruments, get together outside to practice and then perform – I play the cajon drum.
Everyone worships in different ways and we respect that as we have a mixture of denominations with us. There’s no rules, you don’t have to put your hands in the air if you don’t want to, nor do you have to clap, or even sing – It’s not school assembly and you won’t be called out.
As I mentioned in a different post, Café Quench still runs on a Friday, where there’s free, yes, free cake and cookies open for everyone to come in and enjoy themselves. We’ll be there to have a friendly chat with, but if you want to sit as a group by yourselves, that’s perfectly fine as well. The chaplain’s also there offer multifaith guidance and to answer any really deep theological questions we may get asked.
We meet on Tuesdays at 7:30 in EE1106 till about 9 and then some of us head off to the student bar.
Hey, Jesus turned water into wine…
If you’re not available on Tuesdays, due to a lecture or society clash, you could still join a small group. A small group is quite literally a small group that meets up to answer any questions you may have or help you with any problems you have. Using the bible. Small groups are really fun, as we do many socials together and each session usually starts off with a nice cuppa and general chit-chat and then we get our thinking caps on.
During freshers, there’s a huge church crawl visiting all local churches to see which one fits you. It’s actually called the ‘Church Search’, but it lasts a few weeks with plenty of new faces, plenty of good worship and plenty of delicious food!
The Christian Union is expanding and is getting more and more popular with more and more new faces popping up each week!
If you’d like to come along on a Tuesday, please feel free – we’d love to have you and make you feel welcome.
Or God Bless as we say…