Monday, 28 September 2009

I love my new CU

Last week was generally pretty good. It was great to have a more normal week hanging out with students and studying. I'm learning that working to a timesheet rather than deadlines (like when I was a student) is very different! I'm loving being able to take time off at the weekend without feeling guilty about not doing work! Starting work at 9am everyday can be less fun, no lie ins if you can't be bothered to get out of bed and making the time up later in the day!

The highlight of the week was definately the first CU meeting. It was really encouraging to see so many new people there (25-30 people there and over half were new!) and be able to get to know some of them better hanging out in the pub after the meeting. Last week it was also a bit of a novelty to go to my first ever exec meeting! I'm not actually on exec cos I'm not a student but the exec have invited me to come when I can so I can give advice if its needed and so i know more about whats going on which will make it easier for me to support the CU. I'm just loving getting to know the students better.

Tonight I'm going to the Internaional Cafe (I Cafe for short) for the first time which I'm kinda nervous about. This week I'm also going to my second exec meeting, second CU meeting (exciting), doing more study, writing my first monthly report (not so exciting), more getting to know students and I'm meeting up with a couple of the girls on exec to talk about setting up a girls book club to read Christian books (also very exciting).

I went to another two churches this sunday but still not feeling particularly close to making a decision on where I want to settle. Other than not having a church here I'm feeling a bit more settled and generally not missing brum quite so much. Think thats everything for now. I might get round to telling you about some of the cool stuff I'm studying another time but I've probably written enough for now! I'll just say that I really enjoyed looking at the Trintiy again this week and God is awesome!

Monday, 21 September 2009

I've been here a week!

My first week was definately busy and pretty typical of life in that there were some good days and some not so good days. There are still plenty of moments when I wish I was still in brum but I'm trying to remind myself that God has put me here for a reason and He knows what's best for me far better than I do! I learnt some great stuff about writing bible studies during our relay training in London and came to the conclusion that I never want to live in London! My highlight of the week was probably the coffee and music night at starbucks. It was great to hangout and get to know more students there, followed by a pub trip. Church on Sunday night was pretty good too. Would be quite happy to go back there but I want to go to a normal morning service rather than kids service there and check out a few other places before I attempt to make a decision.

This week should be slightly more typical. I'll be hangout out with the students, going to my first CU meeting here on Thursday night, studying and rewriting the Colossians bible studies I had to write for Relay 1 now that I know more about writing good bible studies. This is so that I can use them with the students when I start doing proper one to ones. Also can't forget supervision on Friday afternoon. I think thats a reasonable summary of what I'm doing this week.

Monday, 14 September 2009

I now live in Cambridge!

I arrived in Cambridge this morning and have a very busy week ahead of me! I met my supervisor/staff worker Steve this afternoon and had a wander round the city centre and campus. Both of these were good for helping me get slightly settled and know what I'll be doing over the next couple of weeks and where I'll be. Then I go to London tomorrow morning till Wednesday afternoon/evening (I'll find out for sure when I get there!) for a Relay training day with the other relay girls in my region and the London relay workers. Then on Thursday I can finally get stuck in with the CU's freshers week events. On Thursday evening they are having a coffee and music night at Starbucks in town and on Friday a lunchbar on campus titled 'Do all religions lead to God.' And after that I'm meeting Steve again for supervision. This will be a weekly thing to check up on how I am, what I've been doing, what I've got planned and to pray and study the bible together. At least I think thats what a normal supervision session involves! Also can't forget prayer meetings for the freshers week stuff with the students at 10am on Thursday and Friday. In between all this I need to do some study, plan my time, spend as much time as possible getting to know the students and have some time off doing nothing!

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Welcome to my blog. I hope you find it interesting! The current idea is to use this space to keep you up to date withwhat I'm up to with Relay to make it easier for you to pray for me in a more informed way. And so I can share anything else I feel like! I'm aiming to write weekly but we'll see how that works out! If you're not getting my actual (most likely termly) prayer letters and want them just ask.

I am now officially a Relay worker! I've been to my first training conferences where I had a great time learning about God's grace and getting to know other Relay workers and some of the staff workers and students I'll be working with this year. We also had plenty of practical training so it was great preparation for the year ahead.

At the moment I'm in Derby getting ready to move to Cambridge on Monday. Part of me is excited and looking forward to getting started properly but I'm also pretty scared about moving somewhere new. But before that I have an early start to get to my team days in Cambridge this thursday and friday. As far as I know the team days will involve all of us East Central relays and staff meeting up to get to know each other better, pray and do some sort of bible study and or training. I'll have a much better idea after I've been!

The day I arrive in Cambridge is the start of Freshers week so I'll be getting stuck in straight away! Think thats everything for now!