Our now annual tradition of holding the Carol Service on the Brunel quad continued – this year the SU had a tent on the quad which we commandeered for an hour from 7 – 8pm last night. We had a full band, with a saxophone, trumpet, flute and guitars, keyboard and cahon which was great. A large number of non-CU members came into the tent to see what was going on and the audience was excellent. Christy John, pastor of Hillingdon Pentecostal Church spoke for a few minutes on the true meaning of Christmas and we had some readings dotted around as well. Click through to the main post to see a few more photos from the evening.
Last night was our live music night celebrating the end of our Alpha course we’ve been running this term at Brunel. We had some great performers from within the CU and also a couple who had completed the Alpha course! There are some photos below of just a few of the performers to give you a feel for what the evening was like.
This term, there is an Alpha Course taking place for 8 weeks which started Monday 3rd October, from 7.30-8.30pm at the Meeting House.
Alpha is a great opportunity to ask questions about the Christian faith – no question is out of bounds! It’s a place for anyone who is curious to discuss Christianity in an informal, fun and friendly environment. Over 27 million people have tried Alpha in 169 countries, so it’s a tried and tested course for anyone who wants to know more about faith.
Fresher’s Week 2015 is almost upon us, and we’ve got a really exciting week of events ahead of us. Below is the timetable of events:
Our Missions Week was absolutely excellent, we had several comments that it was the best Missions Week in recent memory; we had lots of engagement from students, including at the Lunch bars and evening events. The theme for the week was “God Is…?” with a different word for each day, highlighting who we believe God is to us. Each day had a different colour as well, which made it really good for getting other students more interested. Go to our God Is? page for a run down of the events or read on for a short review of each day and some images.
On Tuesday 17th February, we had our annual “Text a Pancake” event, where people text us questions about Christianity, the Bible and anything related to our faith, and then we go out and give them a pancake and answer their question. We got a broad range of questions, from things like “How do you become a Christian and do you have to go to church?” to “If an all knowing God can read your mind, so why does he require you to demonstrate your faith by worshiping him?”. There were also the usual less serious ones (which we still enjoy) such as “Is Jesus a PSG [a French football team – there was a match involving them on TV that evening] fan?”. Overall, we received about 35 questions during the 2 hours or so. We really enjoy engaging campus and going out and talking to people about Jesus, it’s a real privilege to find out what people think, answer some questions and clear up some confusion.
Held on the 2nd December, our one-year-old tradition of hold-ing the Carol Concert on the Quad on campus was continued this year. We had a great four-part-band playing a number of songs and invited a number of people from various societies and groups around campus to partake in readings, including; Deaf Culture Society, the UBS (Union of Brunel Students) President, Sally Hitchiner the Chaplain, Christians In Sport and Brunel Alumni.
We had a very successful Fresher’s Week this year; we had a massive intake of new Fresher’s (around 15-20), who are all very enthusiastic in serving CU, which is excellent to see.
Despite the excessive busy-ness of the week, the amount of preparation and enthusiasm that went into it made freshers a truly successful week that all of the Exec found really encouraging and fun – and hopefully the new students did as well. Below are some of the events that went on:
Welcome to our new site! We built a new one because the old website, hosted and created on Wix, was getting quite inflexible and cumbersome to update. This new site is built on WordPress, and works fully on mobile devices. Also, we can now post news, so that surrounding churches, members and people at Brunel can easily get updates on what we’re doing. We can also easily change pages for the time of year; for example, right now we have Fresher’s Week, but soon this can change to a standard Events page, and then to Missions Week.
So we hope you like it. If you see anything wrong with it, for example, a bug in the appearance or something that could be improved, just tell/email one of the Exec team and they’ll get it fixed.