Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions we are often asked about Relay:
What do Relay Workers actually do?!
The Relay year is so named because we invest in you as a Relay Worker so that you can 'relay' what you've learned to others. So, a significant part of your week is learning, being trained, and having UCCF staff and teams invest in you and your ministry. Another significant part of the week is for you to invest in CU life, students (Christian and non-Christians), CU leaders and members. Supporting the CU ministry to fulfil the aim to give every student an opportunity to hear the wonderful gospel of Christ is a crucial role.
Will I be able to do Relay with my current Christian Union?
Some Relay Workers stay and do Relay in the universities they were involved with, some stay in the same city but work with other Christian Unions and some move to new places. There are lots of benefits to staying in the same place and lots of advantages to experiencing a different CU in a new city. We always seek to place people in situations that will suit their particular gifts and experiences.
If you are keen to do Relay in a particular CU or city, then we strongly recommend you apply in the first round of applications which takes place in the Autumn term, as places fill up quickly.
Will Relay stop me from being involved with local church?
Church is vital to Christian life – being part of a local church family is part of what it looks like to live a Christian life. It is important to be committed to serving and being spiritually nurtured and discipled in a church context. Being a Relay Worker doesn't remove the need to be part of a local church family, it's not 'do Relay or be a good church member'. Actually, Relay Workers are seen by many churches as their mission partners – sent by the church to a crucial mission field that they cannot reach as easily, but want to pray for and support so you can do it!
All Relay Workers are required to be active members of their local churches and while Relay Worker’s timetables can be flexible, we actively encourage you to protect time to spend serving and enjoying your local church family.
How can I afford it? I'm already in so much debt!
Being responsible with our debts is just as important as being responsible with our money (when we have it). We do not expect you to get into more debt by doing Relay. However, by partnering with people and asking God to provide, there is no limit to what God can supply for you.
It can be a real privilege to demonstrate a living trust in the God who provides for all our needs. We will support you through every step of raising finances and the Relay track record speaks for itself; no-one has ever had to stop doing Relay due to lack of finances.
Have a chat with your CU Staff Worker, or find out how to apply.