“It has been a huge blessing to have James and Dave help run the equivalent of a Youth Alpha course here at Prior Park College. The course has brought to light some amazing questions from the students, where they are really grappling with the fundamental ideas of the Christian faith. Working in partnership with Bath Youth for Christ has provided another perspective for the students to bounce ideas off. Having non-teachers come in to the group allows the students to ask questions that they perhaps would not be able to do otherwise. As a Christian member of staff, it has been a huge encouragement to be able to share the word of God in such a positive, relaxed setting, and our prayers continue that God might call many from our school into relationship with him.” (Mike Blaikely, Prior Park College, Bath)
Bath YFC understands that being a Christian in schools is not always easy. We therefore offer to support young people who are running or looking to set up a school Christian Union. We are happy to simply come alongside and work with an established group or get involved in set up, planning, organising and delivery of the Christian Union.
Want to start a Christian Union in your school?
If you’re starting up a Christian union in your school or are already part of a group we hope this site will help. Bath YFC would like to support what you’re doing as a young person in your School. So here are a few links and contacts for you. Please do get in contact with us if you would like any further information.
Starting up a CU – Have a look at the following for help:
- Bath YFC Equip support and grants –click here
- Scripture Union Resources – click here.
- Youth Work Resources – click here to download a free guide to setting up a CU and some useful resources.
- www.schoolslive.org – A website designed to provide resources for Christian union groups. Register as a group (it’s free) and then have a look round
- www.newgeneration.co.uk – An organisation providing support for Christian Unions in the UK
- http://www.festive.org.uk – An organisation providing support and free materials to CU groups, specifically in 6th Form colleges
Connect With Your School’s CU
There are currently CUs running at schools in Bath. If you want to know more then get in touch with Kat Lazenby at the Bath YFC office.
Stories about CUs in Bath Schools
Here are some stories from young people at Hayesfield School:
‘CU at Hayesfield has been something I came along to with all my friends for some lunch and some nice long juicy philosophical conversations! I started to love coming not just to eat and chat, but to think about Jesus in a place I associate with stress so much, I love CU so much, and I’ve made so many new friends from different years I wouldn’t have made anywhere else! This is a perfect example of Jesus giving us friendships!!’
‘CU at Hayesfield has helped me so much throughout the last 2 years. I love knowing that there are a whole group of other teenagers who believe in the same things as me and can understand me really well! I have made lots of new friends in all the different years, which i love. From going to CU, I started going to Hayhill Church every Sunday and in the last year I have become a Christian. I love my life with Jesus in it!’
“It’s given me more to think about and how I want to share my faith more.”
If you would like to know more about how we could support you in the running or developing of a Christian Union in your school then please do get in touch with Katie Duncan at the Bath YFC office.