Students at St Pancras

Quite a few students from Chichester University worship with us at St Pancras. Our central location close to shops and restaurants means it’s easy to get to and is close to the Uni.  We have a strong emphasis on Bible teaching and there are plenty of opportunities for students to grow and deepen in their faith. St Pancras is an evangelical Church within the Church of England. Many students come to us because they like the structure that this provides, that said we have students whose home churches are Baptist, Methodist, New Frontiers and Roman Catholic! A few of the students who worship with us have had little or no contact with any church before they came to Chi.
 
We do not run a specific student group; partly because we believe that the Christian Union should be your primary focus, but also because students are fully integrated into the life of the Church! Students are involved in all kinds of things: the music group, kid’s groups, Messy Church, toddler group, men’s breakfast, ladies breakfast, our lunch club for the elderly, reading and praying in Church, even on the Church Council!
 
There are a number of specific things that we lay on for students:

Hospitality

Almost every Sunday during term time lunch is provided for students after Church, either at the Rector’s house, the Curate’s house or with members of the congregation.
 
Mid week Student led Bible study
St Pancras hosts a student Bible study, run by students for students on Thursday evenings. It meets in our Church hall in a room that we have made available for this purpose. Students from a variety of different churches attend.

Mission trips to Africa

Each summer a team of students from St Pancs goes with Mark Payne (the Rector) to visit the Church overseas. These trips are subsidised by St Pancras and generous grants have been made by the University. In 2012 seven people went to Cameroon and (amongst other things) ran Messy Church at a school in a remote town near the Nigerian border! In 2013 eight people went to our link parish in Nairobi Kenya, working in an orphanage, staying with host families and going on a two day safari in the Masai Mara. In 2014 there was a return visit to Cameroon.

Theologians

Chi Uni has a popular theology department. We realise that Christian theology students may have specific questions and issues they want to discuss and debate. Chris Styles (our Curate) runs a Theologs group that meets from time to time for theological discussion. Although not academics members of the church leadership have theology degrees from some of the country’s leading Universities, we want to do all we can to support those taking theology degrees.

Ministry Trainees

We have two Ministry trainees working with us in St Pancras for this year. Davey Crook and Alice Wilkinson-Feller have both graduated from Chi and are getting involved in the life of the Church as well as receiving training. Next year (2015/16) we hope to have two other Ministry Trainees.

What next?

We have found that a number of students have begun to wonder whether God is calling them to full time Church ministry. This autumn we will be setting up a small vocations group to think through aspects of Christian ministry (whether ordained or lay). We very much hope that this group will help you as you discern what God is calling you to.
 
If you have any questions or want to find out more please contact Mark Payne directly. Alternatively find the St Pancras Student group of Facebook.

Group Picture of us in Cameroon

Another great link in the university if you haven’t already found out about it is the University’s Christian Union.

 


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