The Connect Week
There is plenty to dip into over the course of the week at Connect. You are welcome to come along to as much or as little as you like! Here is what a usual week looks like:
Home Groups and Mennect meet on Monday evenings, except on the first Monday of the month where we gather centrally for Reconnect, which is an evening of worship and fellowship, and occasionally there will be additional teaching and prayer.
There are plans to trial a new ‘home’ group for Connect members which will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7pm, except on the first week of the month when we gather centrally.
The Not @ ‘Home’ Group will focus on Bible study, discussion, and prayer; the themes and material will be agreed by the group. For more information please contact the Mennect Rep, James Kendall, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday mornings are an opportunity to meet together to engage in Bible study and prayer. Occasionally there will be a speaker. Tea, coffee, and cake are served from 11; we start the session at 11:30 and finish at 12:45. If you have young children with you, you can drop them at 11.10 for a ‘College Kids’ session in the Games Room. This is a well-supervised group for all ages from 0+ and is run by the student Tutor Groups on a rota. [Note: Quiet hour at college is 10-11am on Wednesdays, so if you arrive at college during this time, please respect this.]
Friday / Community mornings
Our community morning begins with communion held in the chapel at 8:30am. Spouses and children are welcome at chapel every day, however Friday communion is more family friendly, with an organised activity for children during the sermon. After communion, the college and Connect community gather for coffee in the dining hall before the students head off to their sessions. Connect then continues community morning in the Games Room, where there will be lots of toys, snacks for the children, and plenty of cake and coffee for the adults! Everyone is welcome.
Socials occur at different times of the week and year. Some of these are organised by the exec, and others are more informal. It might be going for a drink, a pamper party, bowling, film night. From September, we are starting a new fortnightly social ‘Cake and create’ and a monthly Saturday morning ‘child-free’ social. The student exec also puts on socials for the whole community.
Accountability and prayer triplets
We encourage all Connect members to find themselves a couple of people with whom they can form a prayer triplet/quad. We believe that they can be a valuable place for sharing your life more deeply with a couple other members of the Connect community. They provide a safe space to share and pray with each other on a regular basis. We hope that triplets begin to form in the first couple of months of college, although the exec is more than happy to support you in finding a group.