'Imagine the impact of the good news!'
Carol services and Christmas celebrations provide an incredible opportunity to share the good news of Jesus. Here's five reasons why we love them:
1. CU events like this enrich the cultural life of their university
CUs are student-led societies, often participating in their Student Union and faith and chaplaincy services. Carol services are an extravaganza, a chance to team up with other uni societies and put on a celebration of the festive season for all to enjoy and participate in.
🎼 Chichester CU Carols last week were excellent, filling the university chapel with a gospel choir, chamber choir, jazzy band, brassy band, and an even bigger choir... and many students! Singing of Christmas and hearing @stephencfraser speak on ‘peace on earth’ through the arrival of Jesus. I’m amazed at the talent at this uni, and so grateful to work with such creative CU members who work so hard 🎄 | Carolling Season . . @ucsu_christian_union @uccf #CUnews #chichesteruni #christmascarols
2. Christmas is a chance to look outside the student bubble
In Aberystwyth, the CU host a 'Town and Gown' carol service, accompanied by the local Salvation Army band.
This is a delightful end of tenure treat...— Owen J D Brown ن (@OJDBROWN) December 5, 2018
At @AberUni in @aberystwytharts for the ‘Town & Gown’ Carol Service run by @AberystwythCU with @salvationarmy band
And guest speaker is none other than @UCCF Director Richard Cunningham#Aberystwyth #Ceredigion #Carols #CarolService pic.twitter.com/L7q1h4TtAN
Many carol services take a collection for a local or national charity close to students' hearts. In York, students took the opportunity to give towards York Mind, a local mental health charity.
One guest at York said that their favourite part of the carol service was the opportunity to pray for the university Vice-Chancellor, the Queen and the government.
3. Churches and student initiatives work together for the Kingdom
In York, the two CUs joined together, booked out the Minster and invited all their friends to join them and hear the invitation of Christmas. As 1500 guests filed in, the venue reached peak capacity and a local church next door stepped up and hosted an impromptu carol service to welcome additional guests. Check out the thread below from a local student worker to see how God used the evening to call people to Himself.
What a brilliant (albeit very unexpected) evening.— Brogan Hume (@broganhume) November 29, 2018
We had OVERFLOW at the @UCCF York Carol Service in the Minster - with 50 students turned away (which means 1500 turned up!). So @thebelfrey hosted an impromptu carol service just next door for those who couldn’t get in! (1/3)
4. CU mission at university has a life-long impact
CU carol services are run by students, for students. That means that students get the opportunity to plan and carry out creative evangelistic events, be active in inviting their friends and sharing the good news of Jesus with all who attend. Being involved in mission like this at uni sets up CU students for a lifetime of sharing Jesus. Just look at how God used these two new Christians in Bognor Regis (Chichester University) to speak for Him at the CU carol service!
A favourite moment this term:— Fearghal Kelly (@Fearghal_Kelly) December 5, 2018
A student who became a Christian during CU mission week two years ago sang in the CU Carols last night. Another student who became a Christian just weeks ago through reading @UncoverJesus helped run the Carols! #thisisrealmission #CUnews @UCCF pic.twitter.com/olO5gW9amb
5. They point searching students to life, hope and truth
Joe Winstone, CU Staff Worker in York, commented that 'students are looking for home'. As loneliness increases among students at this time of year and the end of term brings a longing for home, students are looking for something to celebrate, and a place where they will feel accepted and loved. Carol services offer a warm, festive celebration, a familial welcome and amid it all, a message of true and lasting hope.
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