Sunday Lunch

Sunday Lunch Sunday

November: an emotional slump for students

We’ve long known that moving away to university can be a stressful experience. But although students settle very fast in the early weeks of term, many experience an emotional slump at the beginning of November.

Delayed homesickness kicks in for around 30% of new students: the novelty of the university experience has begun to wear off, the nights are drawing in, supplies from home are running out and it still feels like ages until Christmas.

What can we do to help?

Well, recent research found that Sunday lunch is one of the little luxuries that new students most crave in this period. For most of us, Sunday lunch speaks of unhurried time and hospitality, of familiarity and generosity, of inclusion and a place at the table.

Could your church offer Sunday lunch to students at one of the hardest points of their year? If yes, why not join in with Sunday Lunch Sunday?

It’s a chance for churches across the country to support students and encourage them, and also provide a tasty Sunday lunch.


Churches across Great Britain. We’ve found that Christian students take this idea up most enthusiastically when multiple churches in the same city are offering Sunday Lunch Sunday at the same time – could you partner with other churches in your city?


Sunday lunch for students on one of these two Sundays. Do so however you see fit – in family homes, as a big central meal or by some other means


Over the first two Sundays in November: 3 and 10 November 2019


By offering Sunday lunch we meet an immediate felt need: helping students appreciate that, amongst God’s people, they can find a home away from home. But it’s also a chance to point towards the deeper sense of home that can be theirs in church life – and supremely in belonging to Christ.

Download our free briefing pack

If this sounds like something your church could be part of, download our free briefing pack below. It’s got some easy next steps to help you take part in Sunday Lunch Sunday and some answers to FAQs too.

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