Students come from every walk of life, representing a rich tapestry of experiences, cultures, traditions and languages. Many will have questions about student life and culture, or be exploring their identity and role in the world. Many will face significant challenges, from isolation and anxiety, to financial pressures and managing relationships.
We also know that the transition to university represents a wonderful opportunity to encounter Christianity, helping people tackle difficult questions, grow in faith and discern a future vocation. Their questions and passions can add new life to the church, enriching our worship and sense of mission.
By reaching out to students, we believe a transformation can happen: a world acting more justly, a people speaking up for the poor, and a church bringing God’s love to broken communities.
The ecumenical Student Christian Movement (SCM) has just published a 'Welcoming Students to your Church' resource, which is designed to help your church reach out to and support students during this crucial time. Inside you’ll find the key findings of recent research into student spirituality, case studies from a range of SCM Link Churches and some practical tips for working with students.
The guide is available to read online here: www.movement.org.uk/resources/welcoming-students-your-church
You can also download a .pdf copy: www.movement.org.uk/sites/default/files/WelcomeStudents_v6c.pdf
There are also a limited number of printed guides available in return for a small donation to cover postage and packaging. You can order a printed guide here: www.movement.org.uk/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=5
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