CU Goes to Halls
Give thanks to God for a great start to this term. St Andrews CU have welcomed a large cohort of new first year students who have been enthusiastic about getting involved in mission from day one. A particular joy was our recent ‘CU Goes to Halls’ evening, during which each one of our eight hall CU groups ran evangelistic events in their respective halls of residence. We held this at the time we normally have our Central CU meeting, encouraging CU members to instead join with first years living in halls to encourage them in their evangelism. The night was a great success, with many people hearing the gospel and engaging with their big questions about Christianity. There are lots of individual stories of encouragement from the evening but, for me, the biggest one is more general; seeing so many first-year students get excited about a big-scale CU event this early in their student life was wonderful. I had great chats with some of them afterwards who said it had been a night that really helped them share their faith withpeople they live with and how they’re excited to do more of that, which is great! Pray that theLord would use the evening as a catalyst for ongoing evangelism in halls.
I’ve also been really encouraged by my new Relay Workers, Cameron and Gaby. Cameron is a St Andrews graduate and Gaby moved here from Aberdeen, so they are a great combination of experienced knowledge and fresh ideas. Seeing them get stuck into CU life, start to read the Bible with some of our key student leaders and generally be willing to serve in any way they can has been a great joy. Cameron will be particularly focussing on Theology Network this year, a network that supports theology students in their evangelism, while Gaby will be working with Solid Rock, a wing of the CU which runs a weekly lunchtime event where students share their testimonies. Pray for both of them as they continue to settle into theirroles. Pray that God would be using them this year to equip the students they’re working with,encouraging them to live and speak for Jesus at uni.
Another highlight of this month was the recent Scotland Go Day. Over 100 students gathered from all 19 CUs in Scotland for a day of teaching and practical training in Dundee. We were joined by Peter Dray (UCCF’s Head of Creative Evangelism), who encouraged us that the gospel is potent; as we share it we can be confident in God using it to bring people to trust in Jesus. 22 students from St Andrews made the short trip across the Tay to attend, enjoying a fun time of bonding together as a group as well as benefitting from the great teaching on offer. Pray that they would take to heart the lessons from the day and encourage one another to carry the potent gospel of Christ back into life as students in St Andrews!
‘I’m getting married inthe morning...’
Well, not quite. But as I write this it’s three days away! Jody and I are very excited about starting married life together and look forward to celebrating this Friday (19th October) with many friends and family from nearand far. We’re also very grateful for all who have beenkeeping us in prayer so far during our engagement, so thank you for remembering us in this! Please do pray that our wedding day, just as our lives together, will glorify God and cast minds to the great wedding banquet when Christ returns. Pray that it will be a joyful day for us as we celebrate with our guests and that, as we embark on marriage, we would sacrificially serve and love one another as Christ has served and loved us!
Give thanks for an encouraging start to term
Give thanks for enthusiastic, committed first year students in CU
Give thanks for Cameron and Gaby
Give thanks for the Scotland Go Day
Pray for fruit from ‘CU Goes to Halls’ evening as first year students follow-up with their friends
Pray that God would use Cameron and Gaby to encourage and equip students in evangelism this year
Pray that St Andrews CU members who attended the Go Day would be bold in proclaiming the gospel
Pray for a joy-filled wedding day and a Christ-centred marriage