It has been a great encouragement to see how the Christian Unions have returned from the Easter break and continued to give their coursemates and uni friends the opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of Christ. At a time when social isolation is being felt more keenly by many, the loving and welcoming community of CUs is providing a striking witness. Of course, there are challenges to overcome but we pray the Lord uses this time to draw many more students to Himself.
We realise that for many of you reading this, you too will be finding this economic downturn greatly alarming and constraining. We do not in any way take your continued prayerful and financial support for granted. The opportunities ahead of us in UCCF will be difficult but vital and the CU communities of Christians on campus will become more even more significant after the suffering and dislocation caused by this pandemic.
Thank you so much for standing with us.
Towards the end of May and beginning of June, we are gradually bringing our staff back from Furlough leave to form different work parties and to focus on specific projects. Some will be working on the Relay Transition conference, others on planning Forum (our national student leaders’ training conference in August) and helping CUs to plan for freshers’ weeks, and some working on the production of resources for the new website that is being constructed. Some are coming back for just a short period, whereas others are coming back for several weeks or permanently. Sadly, but inevitably, all of our summer teams (international and UK-based) had to be cancelled due to recent restrictions.
Do please pray that staff, whether coming back to work for longer or shorter periods or remaining on Furlough, will be sustained and refreshed and be able to be effective and creative within a very different university landscape in September. With no prospect of universities opening anytime soon and yet the need to be ready for Forum and freshers’ weeks (in whatever form) we will need to master this new way of working fast.
During these unprecedented times, you may have questions about UCCF’s ministry. We’ve tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions below. If you have any questions we haven’t addressed here, please do get in touch at email@example.com.
While campuses may not be in operation, God’s mission among students is. And the CUs are continuing to find ways of joining in. Thanks to technology, social media, and creative thinking, they are still boldly and creatively finding ways to make disciples of Christ in the student world.
To see what CUs are up to day by day, follow UCCF on Twitter and Instagram (@uccf), and Facebook (@uccf.thechristianunions).
We are so grateful for all those who partner with the UCCF family and enable this ministry to continue through prayer and financial support, particularly in these challenging times.
Your financial support will enable us to continue our work of supporting, resourcing and equipping CUs to proclaim the good news of Jesus to their fellow students.
Any support we do receive from the government for the eight weeks of staff Furlough will be a fraction of our overall staffing costs. We therefore continue to rely on the generous support of individuals and churches to enable this work to continue.
If you are already financially supporting this work – please accept our sincere thanks.
If you would like to begin giving financially – either through regular giving or a one-off gift – you can easily do so on our website. We are also still able to receive cheques in the post, if you would prefer to give in this way.
UCCF is a fellowship of staff, students and supporters and we are praying that we all know the assurance and security of belonging to Jesus in this time of crisis. This season of fear and anxiety is causing many students to ask significant questions about life and faith. Our prayer is that many would come to know the Lord in the weeks ahead as CUs hold out the hope of the gospel.
We would love you to join us in that prayer. You can view daily prayer points on the UCCF website.
We continue to have all essential functions operating throughout this period. If you need to contact the office, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance. We will get back to you as soon as we can, although our response time may be a little slower than usual – thank you in advance for your patience.
All our field staff are currently on Furlough leave. They are unable to work for UCCF during this time and will not reply to any work-related matters until June at the earliest. If you have any urgent questions relating to field staff, please email email@example.com.
Please do pray that our staff make the most of these few weeks of rest, in advance of our anticipated busy months of CU planning (particularly for freshers’ weeks), CU leadership training and preparation for Forum. Our prayer is that their Furlough leave will provide precious time to pray, reflect, study and be able to go back to their students deeply refreshed and energised for all the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
We’re delighted that Relay Workers will continue on the Relay Programme as normal. Reflecting the usual pattern of the academic year, they will take time off in April during the university holidays to rest before returning in May to continue their work alongside CUs. The Study Programme is an important component of Relay that they will particularly focus on in the coming weeks, as well as their day-to-day work of discipling students and participating in virtual CU gatherings.
We’re looking forward to welcoming nearly 60 individuals to the Relay Programme for the 2020/21 academic year! We’re making preparations for their start at the end of August, whatever that may look like, and are eagerly anticipating all they will do as part of the Programme.
As you may already know, Word Alive 2020 was sadly cancelled due to government restrictions. However, a condensed virtual Word Alive programme will take place from 6-9 April which is free for all, not just those who booked.
It will consist of Bible readings in Romans by David Cook in the mornings and Evening Celebrations on The Lord’s Prayer. There will be some extra items in the day including “Families Together” and a single morning track.
To find out more, head to the Word Alive website: wordaliveevent.org
Involved in CU leadership? Book for Forum 2020 now!
We’re looking forward to holding Forum from 24-28 August and continuing to plan for this.
Forum is an invaluable opportunity to join together with CU leaders from across Great Britain, to receive Bible teaching and practical training in running your CU, share ideas and plan for the year ahead. Don’t miss it!
Please note: If the event doesn’t take place, you will receive a full refund.
We’re looking forward to welcoming new students in the autumn, whatever uni may look like!
If you’re planning to head to uni, why not link up with your Christian Union? Starting a new degree may feel more daunting than ever – but while you’re still at home, why not take this time to connect with your CU?
As a friendly face, they can help you find a local church, tell you what’s going on and help you to live and speak for Jesus as you prepare to start your uni adventure.
You can link up with your CU through our website.
As lockdown is lifted, we recognise the need to ensure that our office, Blue Boar House, remains environment for staff and visitors. We have assessed the risks present and developed a safe working policy.
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