Lydia Caveney is now in her third year of uni at LSE. She writes about being involved in the Christian Union and running an ‘Events Week’ …
Our focus is to give everyone at LSE a chance to listen and respond to the amazing news of the gospel. LSE can be a stressful and intense place, with everyone focused on exams and internships and grad schemes. We want to bring Jesus’ love and light into the campus – so we put on a week of talks devoted to telling people the gospel.
In the run up, we had an acoustic night, where members of the CU played worship and pop songs, and shared their testimonies.
In the week itself we had a coffee stall every morning, giving out flyers. At lunchtime we gave out free lunches and had a talk that engaged with a relevant topic and then the gospel - such as “Is there more to life than a LinkedIn lifestyle?” The room was overflowing each day!
In the evenings we joined with other CUs across London at All Souls Langham Place for more food and a talk on the topic of being “found”.
I’m Prayer Sec for the CU, so I organised and led the prayer breakfasts every morning (very early for a student!!!) During the day, I helped out as needed, chatting to people at the talks.
After the events week, we had an Alpha-like follow-up course. My overall highlight was seeing the younger CU members, getting stuck in and serving and loving people - that was so inspiring, and makes me so excited to see how the CU grows next year once I’ve graduated!
Lydia (Left) with friends
"Uni can be a stressful and intense place. We want to bring Jesus’ love and light into the campus."
Prayer changes things. As we pray, we grow to know the Lord more, our hearts are opened for him to work in our lives, and our eyes are opened to see more of his work in our lives of those around us.
There is power in praying together. The 24/7 prayer movement shows how God is more than ready to listen to our prayers and answer in amazing ways. (Read Red Moon Rising and Dirty Glory by Pete Greig to be inspired!)
Scripture and Church history suggest that missional growth is the result of prayer more than any other single activity. But in a world where church members seem ever busier how do we build a church that prays? What does a 21st century praying church look like?
On Wednesday 15th May we’re hosting a training day called Leading a praying church. John Dunnett from CPAS is leading the day. He says, “In my 18 years of parish ministry I saw again and again how intercession could be both released within the local church – and change the missional fruitfulness of its ministry. So I’m very excited to be able to help those in church leadership think through what we can learn from Scripture, church history and the example of others about how to lead a praying church.”
The day is open to people from any church, and is aimed at anyone who has a heart for seeing their church pray.
“We’ve run this day in a number of venues around the country – and feedback has been exceptionally good,” John says. “Do join us if you possibly can.”
Further details and booking information at..
“I saw how intercession could change the missional fruitfulness of the local church.”
The day starts at 10.00am (coffee from 9.45) and finishes at 3.30pm. Refreshments are provided but please bring your own lunch. Booking is essential. Contact the church office or book online