At Community Church Edinburgh, we love it when students join our community and find a home at CCE. We encourage our students to get stuck in with the wider church family, but recognise that sometimes it can be helpful to gather together as a group of students and young adults, and so we provide plenty opportunities to do so.
As a student community, we really want to spur one another on in our walk with Jesus, and we think that Small Groups are the perfect place for that. Our “student” Small Groups meet during the week, providing a context in which to form close relationships, where real discipleship can happen. Our culture is one of openness and honesty, and we take turns each week to prompt our discussions, sharing our own stories and encouraging one another. We have dinner together, and often share bread and wine, and we’re deliberate about making time to play games and have fun together.
Throughout the semester, we have frequent Student Gatherings, often on Sunday evenings, to which all students and young adults are welcome. These Gatherings provide an opportunity to tackle issues which are especially relevant to our stage of life, and often include times of teaching, discussion and prayer. We also hold Gatherings which are particularly focussed on worship, allowing us to reconnect with God amidst the busyness of student life.
Each Autumn, in late October or early November, the student community spends a weekend away from the city, getting to know one another better, and spending some intentional time with God. There are times of worship, teaching and discussion, as well as plenty of free time to relax. In the midst of a busy semester, the Weekend Away provides a great chance to get out into the countryside and unwind, whether for you that looks like an energetic walk by a loch, or a cosy afternoon snuggled up by the fire.
We know that student life can sometimes be stressful, and we have a heart to see students flourish during their time at university. Twice a week throughout exam time, we run Study Space, when we set up the Small Hall with tables and chairs, and provide a cosy alternative to the busy library. We provide lunch, as well as tea, coffee and snacks, and many students find this is a place they’re comfortable bringing their friends and flatmates to.
Our building, The King’s Hall, is close to Edinburgh University’s halls of residence, and hundreds of students pass our doors each day on their way to and from campus. We’re excited about the opportunities this brings to connect with people outwith our community. In the past, we’ve run Student Alpha, and we’re currently looking at new ways of engaging with those around us, as we yearn to see the unreached students of Edinburgh come to know the transformative love of Jesus.
Our student work is coordinated by Rupert Ward, who can be contacted at email@example.com.