In the heart of Wales – where mother nature is at its finest – The Christian Union across the different campuses at NTU and the University of Nottingham gathered on November, 5 for a weekend away to find out more about who Jesus Christ is and why we should live for him.
The president of the city campus Christian union, Lucy Sewall, explained that “the reason for the weekend away was to equip Christians in Nottingham to share the news of the gospel on their campuses in their CU’s”.
This was accomplished at the Cefn Lea Christian Centre through morning prayers, worshipping Jesus Christ through songs, and listening to talks and sermons by Jim Murkett, the midlands leader for UCCF and many others.
The Vice president of the city campus Christian union, Paul Angell said, “As Christians, we have a lot of things in common, the fact we’re forgiven by God, the fact we want to love differently for him and the fact we love God.
“All things that bring us together; so, talking, praying, and singing about these things as a group of nearly 200 is a great thing, so much fun as well’.
There is no better place to strengthen your relationship with God than where his work is at its purest and most refined form. Wales offered magnificent landscapes and settings for this experience, allowing a well-deserved break from the busy city, Nottingham. With a limited Wi-Fi usage, the trip allowed students to fully live in the moment and take in every minute of the trip.
Whilst the weekend away served as a renewal weekend to get to know and spend time with Jesus. It also served as a way to meet more people who share the same beliefs and simply have fun!
Other activities included an talent show full of singing, dancing and comedy, a walk to explore Wales’s mouth dropping landscapes, a bonfire with melted marshmallows and Zorb football, where everyone hilariously smashed each other with giant bubbles covering the upper body.
All these activities and experiences will leave each student with incredible memories to cherish when they look back at their time at university and their strengthening journeys with God.
Paul Angell, stated his favourite part of the trip saying: “I really enjoyed getting to know more of the 170 people in the free time and at the bonfire.
“It made me reflect on how lucky I am to be part of such a great group of Christians students, who support and help each other.”
Lucy Sewall said: “I hope that people felt encouraged and challenged on how they speak about their faith to other non-believers.
“As well as being reminded of their own identity in Christ.”
Whether you are new to the Christian faith or would like to find out more, it is not too late for you to get involved with the Christian Union and know a bit more about Jesus.
They have weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 7 pm at the newton building or on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at the Clifton campus.
Lucy Sewall added:, “Come along, we don’t bite!
“We welcome anyone and everyone to come along.
“We don’t try to force our views on you or make you do anything you don’t want to, it’s just a place to hear and learn more about what Christians actually believe in.”
Find out more about the Christian Union on their Instagram page, NTU Christian Union-city or Nottingham Trent Clifton CU.