Living in a Field of Hats

some ramblings and reflections on working with students in Herts and Beds.

The best encouragement! October 8, 2011

Filed under: Christian Life,Update — Sarah @ 9:50 am
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The last week has had more than it’s fair share of discouraging moments and so by yesterday evening I was ready to go to bed and watch West Wing, and heading to a prayer supporters evening seemed quite a lot of effort. But however much fun West Wing would have been, meeting with the local prayer supporters group was so much better!

They’re a group that have been meeting for a number of years and is mainly made up of graduates from the 1950s. It was a real great encouragemnt to share with them some of the discouraging moments and to hear their prayers. Joining to pray for the mission on campus with people who have been supporters of the work for 60 years was amazing. Their knowledge and wisdom shone through in the prayers and in our conversation.

It was great to hear of their experiences of CU as students and the way in which the Lord was working and using the CUs then. The differences beteween the student life back then and now was so evident, and yet CUs were being used by God then and now.

I cam away from the meeting being so glad that I had been there, and so thankful for all of those who faithfully pray for the work of CUs. Thank you if that’s you! It means a lot!

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Waking up from a deep sleep March 14, 2011

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Today is March 14th. March 14th!

The last time I took much notice of the date was February 13th. That means that for the last month I feel like I’ve been in a bubble that’s just not quite connected to the real world. A bubble that includes 3 Uni mission weeks and a training weekend for new CU leaders. That’s kept me rather busy and caused various levels of exhaustion (as well loads of encouragements of seeing CUs stand boldly on their campuses for Christ, and seeing non believers think about and wrestle with questions of truth)

However, to celebrate a return to the outside world, a couple of friends and I ventured into lovely (sunny!) St Albans to be tourists for the day today . . here’s some pictures…. (and return to the real world hopefully means the blogging world too!)

 

Jet set lifestyle February 18, 2011

Filed under: Mission Trips — Sarah @ 11:02 pm
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I’m back from Edinburgh and have really enjoyed spending the evening sitting in a room with just one other person drinking a glass of wine! Don’t get me wrong, I have loved Edinburgh Queen Margaret’s mission week and team day today, but I definietly realised this week how much I need some time on my own other than when I’m asleep!

I also realised this week that I love travelling. For some reason that I can’t remember, I thought I hated flying so was feeling a bit apprehensive about flying on my own up to bonny Scotland but as soon as I got through to the Departures lounge the busyness and hustle and bustle really excited me. Maybe it was just being at an airport that made the whole mission feel more like an adventure!

This week I have gotten even more excited about CUs and the impact they can have on their campuses – I’m really looking forward to the two in my patch now more than before. Living and working alongside students who want to tell people about Jesus has been a real joy. And hearing about other mission weeks at team day was really exciting to hear that students have been really creative – using flash mobs and new ice cream flavours – to advertise their events.

There’s loads more I could say but I really ought to sleep here’s some things I learnt:

1) Edinburgh is on the coast (who knew that?!)
2) Flying when the weather is worse when you land is a little depressing
3) It is possible to cope on minimum sleep (with the help of maximum caffiene)
4) Working with gracious people really teaches me a lot
5) Students are willing to engage with the gospel (Ok , so I knew that but was really reminded of it!)
6) God is in control, not me (again knew that but such a good reminder!)
7) Students are really creative in their evangelism (see the picture of dodgeball on the left and the Cath Kidston inspired tea party on the right!)
8) When I pass through the overtired and grumpy stage I enter a stage of over tired and happy and chilled out!

There’s plenty more I’m sure. I can’t wait for the missions here in Herts and Beds to get underway, but for now I’m just going to enjoy my four days off!

 

Why it’s ok to stay in bed in mission week February 9, 2011

Filed under: Christian Life — Sarah @ 3:01 pm
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We listened to this talk at Bedford CU’s meeting last night and I loved it. The title made me a little be sceptical . . . I mean it would be gutting if the whole CU stayed in bed for mission week. But after listening to it – if the reasons my CU’s stay in bed are the biblical ones that John lays out then that’s fine!

It was really good to be reminded that we don’t do mission to make a name for ourselves, to impress other people or to impress God. We do mission because God chooses to share His glory with us. What a privelege, and a timely reminder that in mission weeks I’m not trying to prove my worth or how good I am to anyone – especially not God as He has done everything for me.

Even if you’re not involved in student CU missions, it’s well worth a listen because in terms of evangelism it’s something that we all need reminding of!

 

“…everyone’s chains came loose …” January 27, 2011

Filed under: Christian Life — Sarah @ 11:29 pm
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At Hatfield CU this evening we were looking at Acts 16:22-31 in answer to the question “Why should we worship Jesus”. And one thing struck me (well was pointed out!).

“…everyone’s chains came loose …” (Acts 16:26)

I’ve read this account so many times and never really thought about it in too much detail. I’ve seen the way in which God rescues Paul and Silas here and the way in which he freed them – and the way that the jailer goes on to become a Christian – and his whole household! But never before have I noticed too much that everyone’s chains came loose. God didn’t just get his top evangelists out of there, he freed all the people in there. Those who were murderers, rapists, thieves…and all other things that had landed them in jail. He freed them. What an amazing reminder that God frees all people regardless of their background. We don’t come to God as sorted people but come as people who are broken and full of sin and God deals with it on the cross. He has set us loose of chains.

 

Looking Back December 3, 2009

Filed under: Random — Sarah @ 9:42 pm
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Last weekend I was back in Preston for a friends (well two friends!) wedding, which was a great opportunity to catch up with lots of people. Also though, I found it really weird to be back in Preston. Preston was “home” to me for three years and I’ve now not lived there for nearly as long, so as the train was going through Preston and I saw my old lecture halls, my old flat and places once so familiar I got to thinking about how much I have changed and how I am not the same person that left Preston (which is a good thing!)

Seeing places evoked memories (good and bad) and the more I saw and thought, the more I realised that God has been changing me and as much as I didn’t want my time at uni and CU and church there to end, I’m really glad it did!

Maybe the above doesn’t make any sense to anyone else . . . sorry!

Also, found this video (through some facebooks statuses!) which kinda underlines the above! When I was on UClan CU committee, I grew to having some of these convictions but wouldn’t have verbalised them like this, or held them so strongly. It’s so great to see that the CU has grown in boldness and is totally set on the vision on “Living for Jesus and Speaking for Jesus” on their campus with a passion that is so strong! I am really passionate about CUs and how they can really impact their campuses with the gospel, but as a student I wasn’t that passionate about CU, because (to be honest) I was a little ashamed of the gospel. That’s why I’m now so excited to see a group of students at UCLan so passionate and holding firm to the truths of the gospel 🙂

Awesome!