What is Relay?
Relay is UCCF’s national discipleship and training year for graduates who love CUs.
Relay provides graduates with a unique opportunity to work alongside the Christian Union whilst learning loads and deepening their faith in Jesus. Relay is all about helping people love and serve Jesus with their heart, mind and hands whoever they are and wherever he has called them to be.
Relay workers are supervised by a Christian Union Staff Worker through one- to-one bible studies and prayer, ministry direction and feedback, and discipleship towards establishing a strong relationship with Jesus. Relay workers are part of a regional UCCF team that beneﬁts from further training and fellowship together as they work with CUs in their area.
Over the course of the year, Relay workers attend three specifically designed training conferences for bible teaching, worship and prayer. These are key times of learning in community and are a great chance to build friendships with other Relay workers. Relay also provides a weekly personal study programme focusing on key doctrines in the Christian faith, together with an elective study on a subject tailored to help each worker grow in their particular interests and gifts.
Further Relay Opportunities
Relay also offers some extra opportunities to help people explore particular gifts and ideas for the future.
- Relay Arts Elective gathers like-minded Relay workers to focus on what it means to love Jesus in the arts. This includes time to work on their own projects and receive criticism from others, plus the chance to minister to students from art colleges and courses.
- Relay Internships combine a year of spiritual growth and CU work with the opportunity for Relay workers to practice their creative skills in a professional ofﬁce environment. Internships include graphic design, web design and development, and video production.
- Relay Homestart is an option to spend the Relay year taking part in cross-cultural and language training, with a view to spending another year or more working within an IFES movement in another country. It is a great way to experience something of cross-cultural mission and to support the wider IFES community.
Paying for Relay
To take part in Relay you will need to raise your living and ministry costs. Raising finance can be one of the most rewarding ways to grow, live by faith and learn how to use money wisely. You will need £6-7000 depending on location, plus £600 towards training conferences and materials. UCCF will support you through partnering with churches and individuals as you seek to raise finances for the year. To date no-one has had to drop out of Relay through lack of finances.
Interested in doing Relay?
Have a chat with your CU Staff Worker, or find out how to apply.