Student Sunday is coming up!

Join students and churches around the world in February each year to mark the Universal Day of Prayer for Students (UDPS) or 'Student Sunday'. Save the date for 2018: 18th February.

SCM has produced a resource toolkit for 2018 that can be used by churches, student groups and individuals. You can download a copy of the 2018 Student Sunday resources here.

Uniting the Church - Every year, individuals, churches and communities around the world unite to lift up students in prayer on Student Sunday, also known as the Universal Day of Prayer for Students (UDPS). Student Sunday 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. It serves as one of the tangible signs of our common life and the connection between students and alumni of WSCF all around the world.

We invite all our members and friends to unite in prayer for the world, the church, students, and WSCF itself on (or around) the 3rd Sunday of February. You may also choose to set an alternate date that is more convenient for your community. On 18 February 2018, people are coming together from different denominations to bring words of encouragement and support around the theme Godʼs Gifts.

What makes a good disciple?

Hmmm, a good question? What do you think?

The word disciple comes from the Latin word for learner (discipulus), so it well worth thinking about in our quest for learning, education and development... Discipulus is variously translated as student, disciple or pupil.

How do we learn today? What do we yearn to learn? What have you learned lately? 

In our aim to share content and ideas from our member churches, we have a feature from the URC. The magazine for the United Reformed Church (URC), Reform, has been considering this question : What makes a good disciple? You can read the full article HERE

In the coming weeks, why not think and pray about how you might become a better disciple... a better student in Christ...?




Festive! Let's celebrate and give thanks to God!

As you may already know, the Free Churches Group have been shaping how we can support churches to engage more effectively with further education. One of the organisations we are developing working links with is Festive

Festive are a Christian organisation who support and engage students, chaplains and staff in further education across the UK. They have much to celebrate! Their recent Annual Report includes testimonies, news and success stories. You can read it HERE.  At Free Churches Group, we will continue to pray for the work of Festive and look forward to strengthening our links and alliance with them. 

Perhaps you would like to share this prayer in your church in the coming weeks, which was written by the Education Assistant, Sara Iles,  at FCG, and includes praying for colleges and student life... 

You can support Festive in a number of ways - through prayer, volunteering and giving... 

Festive say:  "We believe that the best people to reach students are students! We long to see a generation of Christ’s ambassadors living out the Gospel where they study. That’s why we’re all about: 

  • Inspiring students that Jesus is the best news this world has to offer, letting His beauty transform their hearts so that they can look… 

  • Seeking God in prayer, asking for His help and power to go… 

  • Sharing the life transforming message of Christ with their friends through their words and actions!"

Festive's MISSION IS: 

to inspire and support Christians in Further Education Colleges and Sixth Forms to live for Jesus and to equip them as they share their faith through their words and actions. 

Festive's VISION IS:

to see an ongoing vibrant witness of Jesus in every FE College and Sixth Form in the UK. 

New Secretary of State for Education

As you may have already read in the press, The UK have a new Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP

A recent newspaper article based on Hinds' first big speech in the role is interesting. He encourages schools to aim for an ethos that develops pupils’ character, resilience and workplace skills. It will be interesting to see how this aim translates into practice. We pray him well as his work in the role develops and extends. You can read the full article HERE from The Guardian on 22nd January 2018. 

The Education Team at FCG are grateful to Justine Greening MP for all of her work in this role over the last couple of years and pray for her as she continues her work as an MP. 

Big thinking for little minds...

As part of our aim to feature articles and inspiring stories from our FCG member churches, here is a great piece from the Baptist Union of Great Britain

Big Thinking for little minds... 

Thinking big! That’s how one BMS World Mission worker has achieved something incredible. Thanks to the teacher training programme Annie Brown has developed, every child in Nepal will have the chance of a better education and a brighter future. 

Starting in January 2018, the plan is for all teachers of students aged between five and 13 years old of all subjects in all government schools throughout Nepal to undergo training pioneered by Annie.

Please join us as we pray for Annie and her team in Nepal and for all teachers, the children and the communities they work with... 

** How are you thinking BIG with your church and community this year? **

Share your stories with us! 

Photo of children in the Lamjung District of Nepal - from the BMS website