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On Praying Together

This Sunday 18th February is the Universal Day of Prayer for Students, otherwise known as Student Sunday! UDPS is coordinated by the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), and has been celebrated since 1898, making it one of the oldest ecumenical days of prayer. SCM Member Sian shares why she thinks praying, specifically praying in community, is still an important but often overlooked element of the Christian faith.

Day of Prayer - Manchester

The Chapel at St Peter's House is open all day to pray for students. Join us for as long or as little as you like.

There will be prayer stations set up, as well as morning prayer and lunchtime communion available.

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When

Mon, 19/02/2018 - 08:30 to 17:00

Where

St Peter's House

Oxford Road

Manchester

M13 9GH

Contact name

Rach Collinsrach@movement.org.uk

Contact telephone

0161 275 2894

SCM Joins in Prayer for Manchester

In the wake of the recent bombing in Manchester on Monday 22 May, SCM joins with thousands across the city – and around the world – to offer prayers of peace and comfort to those affected.

Rach Collins, SCM’s North West Development Worker, who heads up the NW Hub in Manchester, has offered her thoughts on the tragic events.

“I went to sleep last night knowing there had been an explosion in Manchester. I woke up this morning to the devastating news as details have become clearer as to what has happened. I wonder how you feel? I’m a mixture of sad yet determined. I refuse to be scared and I refuse to be angry.

Manchester is the city I call home, and I’m proud of the response of locals who opened their homes and the emergency services who have gone above and beyond. My Facebook today is full of churches open so people can pray and find a place of peace in a world that is heartbreaking.

Like so many others I call you to pray for the families of those who have died, and all those suffering physically and mentally from the evening’s events. I was at Victoria station three hours before the attack on my way home, and saw so many excited teenage girls in cat-ears. It wasn’t that long ago I was stood in that foyer. We can’t let them win. We pull together. We pray. We continue to be Manchester.”

God whose heart breaks for each of us, be close to the heart broken.
God who stands firm, be the strength for those who feel weak today.
God who loves all, help us to be people of love not hate, peace not retaliation and unity not division.
Amen.
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Encounter: An SCM Gathering in Durham

On a beautiful Saturday in the city of Durham, students came together to worship God, learn from one another and spend time in fellowship. The event was a collaboration between three SCM student groups – St. Oswald’s student group in Durham, Durham Methodist Society and York Christian Focus.

The theme of the event was ‘encountering God in worship’ and students experienced a range of worship from different traditions including Quaker worship, Christian meditation, Taizé, prayer stations and singing.

One of the highlights of the day was a talk from Revd. Chris Howson on ‘Worship as Liberation’. Revd Howson enthralled students with his stories, insights into Liberation Theology and practical tips for living out the Gospel in daily life.

Other highlights included a workshop from Ruth Wilde, SCM’s Faith in Action Worker, on the connections between mysticism and activism, as well as workshops exploring Christian mediation. “This was the first time engaging with mysticism,” said one participant. “It was great to think about linking our prayer and spiritual life with real action.”Students left the event committing to different actions, including praying more, finding ways to live in solidarity with others – especially solidarity with the poor and oppressed – becoming more visible on campus, and learning from different traditions.

We’d like to thank all of the amazing volunteers, workshop leaders and student leaders who made this event possible.

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Universal Day of Prayer for Students 2017: Student Groups and Churches Unite In Prayer

Student groups and churches across the UK and around the world joined together on 19 February to celebrate the Universal Day of Prayer for Students (Student Sunday). They came together around the theme ‘All Are Welcome’ to offer prayers of support for university students and young people around the world.

“We were thrilled to bring together different university groups and churches to pray for students this year and encourage our faith communities to be places of welcome and support for all,” said Hilary Topp, SCM’s National Coordinator. “In the midst of fear and hostility being stoked up around the world, it is important to remember how we are united in Christ and called to extend God’s unconditional love to everyone."

Churches from a range of denominations took part, including Baptist, Church of England, Methodist, Presbyterian, Scottish Episcopal and United Reformed Church congregations. Prayers were offered not only for university students, but for lecturers, teachers, schools, chaplains and organisations including SCM.

Revd Julieann Watson, who celebrated Student Sunday with St Barnabus Church, Worcester, said: “We consider ourselves as all being learners and teachers in some way, so it is important to recognise how children and young people can teach and engage us. Education and learning has the power to bring people together, so we would encourage students to continue exploring, questioning and being good roles models to all of us.”

Members of Carharrack Methodist Church in Cornwall heard the story of Alhadi Ali Mohammad, a Sudanese refugee who sought asylum in Italy and is currently enrolled at the University of Turin. “The word student comes from the Latin word for disciple, so in a way we are all students, learning to follow Christ. It was important to remember that, as we explored how we can also learn to help refugees and migrants in our midst,” said Euan McPhee, Methodist Local Preacher who led the service at Carharrack on 19 February.

The Universal Day of Prayer for Students is one of the oldest ecumenical days of prayer, having first been celebrated in 1898. It is coordinated by the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) and aims to focus attention of the global Christian community on students and encourage them in their spiritual journeys.

University can be one of the most formative transition periods for young people, often with many challenges such as loneliness, mental health problems, and financial hardship. A 2015 study by the National Union of Students found that 8 out of 10 students say they experience a mental health issue at university. It can also be a time for young people to discover who they are, grow in faith and as leaders.

Churches outside the UK also took part, including the First Hispanic Presbyterian Church of Newark in New Jersey, whose members include high school and middle school students. “We have young people in our congregation who are attending school in a different country to their own, facing the struggles of being accepted in a new environment,” said Carmen Rodriguez, Youth Advisor at the church. “We used the resources to plan a service and assigned different parts of the worship programme to the students, who did a great job. No matter where these young people are, God is with them. Their youth is not a weakness but a strength they can use to persevere and reach their goals.”


SCM would like to thank all churches, congregations, chaplaincies and student groups who took part in Student Sunday this year, and for all the support you continue to offer to students, which is providing a spiritual home for young people as they learn and grow as people of faith.

If you would like to support students grow as leaders and put their faith in action this year, please make a donation to SCM to support our work. Thank you.

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