With the Royal Holloway University campus just a 5 minute drive away, we are ideally located to offer students the chance to meet together and to become part of a local Church during their university years. We run a minibus to Sunday services, leaving the bus stop by the tennis courts at 10:00 and 18:10.
Christ Church has a real passion for serving students and young adults, and wants to equip all who attend to grow in their faith.
The student and young adult ministry is built around the church’s vision of “knowing Jesus and making Jesus known.” The events that are run for the students and young adults are intended to make that vision a reality, and to ensure that this happens the students and young adults have also adopted 1 Peter 3:15:
We seek to be a group that live God honouring lives, lives that are attractive to those around us.
We want to be ready and equipped to present the Good News of Jesus Christ to those around us, and want to be able to explain why we trust and worship God and to do this with intellectual rigour.
We want to reach those around us out of a love for God, and a love for them. As such we want to gently and respectfully present the Gospel.
To fulfil this vision:
All of our students and young adults are encouraged to become fully involved in the life of the church, as this is the best way for them to be growing and maturing in their faith. This means that many have joined home groups, serve in various teams from worship to children’s work, and they are offered a mentor.
To ensure that our students and young adults are equipped to share their faith in their particular culture, every Tuesday evening during term time we meet in the local pub for “Theology on Tap.” Here the students are given the opportunity to discuss how they can reach their friends with the Gospel, or explore aspects of the Christian faith, we look at a variety of topics such as; what is the gospel, the Trinity, identity from a Biblical perspective.
We also recognise that the students and young adults are future leaders and we are keen to equip them with skills that will allow them to be assets wherever they go next. So at the start of the academic year we will be running a leadership programme for those interested.
During term time after church the students and young adults are invited for lunch by various church families. This is a real highlight that helps the group grow in fellowship with each other. We also hold a variety of social events throughout the year, plan an annual retreat and a mission trip.