As Fresher's Week is about to begin in universities and colleges around the UK, the Student Christian Movement (SCM) has published a prayer for all new students, and a list of some of the events they are planning over the next few months. These include a conversation between the Archbishop of Canterbury and Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace prize winner; a ceilidh, a speaker from Pax Christi and a talk by Timothy Radcliffe.
PRAYER FOR FRESHERS WEEK
Lord I pray for the students who are starting university
and the exciting journey they are embarking on.
May it be an enriching time
Teach them new things about your exciting, complex and beautiful world.
Let their knowledge distil into understanding
May it be an enjoyable time.
Surround them with good friends, who can make them laugh.
Let those friendships last beyond university.
May it be a liberating time
As some step out into new freedom and independence. Let their experiences become wisdom for life.
May it be life changing,
As they discover new passions and interests,
and perhaps even new callings.
In Jesus' name
Prayer written by Gareth Banton
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
The Power of Hope, A Conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbury and Malala Yousafzai, Dudley College, 8 October, 7pm-9pm
Join the Archbishop of Canterbury for an evening conversation with Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace prize winner, at this free event at Dudley College. Register now.www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-power-of-hope-tickets-26418153408
SCM Regional Gathering: Glasgow, Wellington church, Glasgow, 14 - 16 October
Glasgow will be the host to our annual students gathering in Scotland, with speakers, workshops, Bible study and of course, lots of time to spend getting to know other students and SCM members across Scotland and the UK. There will also be a ceilidh on Saturday so the whole event is not to be missed! Book your place today.www.movement.org.uk/events/scm-gathering-glasgow
Faith and Frontiers Today, The Peace and Reconciliation Centre, St Michael's House (opposite Coventry Cathedral), Saturday 5 November, 10:15am-4:15pm
Our Faith in Action Project partners, Project Bonhoeffer, are organising an exciting event about faith, borders and peace. Speakers include Esther Reed, Associate Professor of Theology at Exeter University, and a visiting speaker from the charity Pax Christi International. Tickets are £5 with a travel bursary available. More details here.www.movement.org.uk/events/faith-and-frontiers-today
SCM Regional Gathering: Manchester, St Peter's House, Manchester, 10-12 March 2017
Join students and SCM members to hear from Timothy Radcliffe OP, Catholic priest, theologian and the Consulter for the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, who will be speaking about vocation. On top of that, we've got a space for prayer, worship, fellowship and a chance to explore Manchester. Don't miss out - book your place now.www.movement.org.uk/events/scm-gathering-manchester