Knowing God means we know his involvement in, and commitment to personal relationships. We see this particularly through the gospel, where God reconciles us to Himself and reorders our relationships. The gospel forms and sets apart the church, with local expressions of Christ’s body gathered to worship Him together.
Christ College puts first priority on being a part of a local church. We encourage our students to involve themselves and their families in the life of the church as much as they are able. This encouragement is also directed at our staff, who seek to lead in example by active involvement in their local churches.
College community is an important complement to church involvement. Having a supportive group of peoplewho share their lives alongside each other will enrich the learning process at College.
Christ College provides a simple program to facilitate this community life. There are plenty of chances to connect with people, hang out, pray together and share a meal. We aim to have a community life which builds connections between students, between students and staff, and between families. The heart of community, however, always comes from the people who invest in it. Be willing to be present through the opportunities we present, and take the initiative to create other opportunities.
Morning Tea – Dining Room
Monday-Fridays during Semester, 10:45am-11:00am
Morning tea is a chance to take a break from lectures and catch up with who is around that day.Light refreshments are provided by the College staff and students.
Each week during the Semester we have four events which form the core of our community program:
Living for Christ
Tuesdays during Semester, 12:05pm-1:00pm in the Dining Room
Living for Christ encourages students to serve Christ in all of life. Lecturers and external speakers help us think about an idea or issue together, or hear about a particular ministry. On other occasions we pray together. Lunch costs just $5, or you can bring your own lunch.
Wednesdays during Semester, 12:05pm-1:00pm in the Auditorium
Chapel is when the College community worships together. It’s a chance to sit under God’s word together and to pray together for needs in the community and also more widely. Students serve at chapel by leading, praying, reading the Bible, providing music and managing the audiovisuals. Families are more than welcome to join.
Wednesdays during Semester, 1:00pm-1:45pm
Following Chapel, we share a meal together in the Dining Room. It’s a chance to continue reflecting on the Chapel service, and to catch up with each other. Lunch costs just $5, or you can bring your own lunch.
Pastoral Care Groups
Wednesdays during Semester, 1:45pm-2:30pm
Pastoral Care Groups are a place for students to talk over ideas, hear about each other’s lives and pray for each other. Each group is led by a faculty member. These groups work through various areas of Christian living, and also arrange social events together.
Each year there are several events that help to build College community:
Weekend Away, is a relaxed, family-friendly weekend held early in the first semester. The Weekend always features some great Bible teaching and a wonderful kid’s program. It includes plenty of free time to relax together and get to know each other.
Graduation is held early in the first semester. It is a time to thank God for the achievements of those who have completed awards and those who receive academic and community prizes. It is great night of celebration and an opportunity to farewell graduands before they are sent off to serve the Lord in new fields.
Teams go from College to work with various churches for just over a week to develop ministry skills and to experience life in another church context. Teams join churches in Sydney, regional cities and country towns in New South Wales. There is often a chance to join a mission team going interstate or overseas.
Eliza Ferrie Lecture
The Eliza Ferrie lecture is a free, public lecture given by a visiting lecturer. The lecture has a strong scholarly basis and addresses an important issue in a way that is relevant to the wider Christian public. It is a great chance to invite church friends to get a taste of College teaching.
End of Year Dinner
The End of Year dinner is a chance for the whole College Community to wind down after the exams.There are games and activites for the kids. The Student Representative Council (SRC) organises a fun program, which often reflects on experiences made during the year.
Student Representative Council (SRC)
The SRC is an important liaison between the College and the student body. It also arranges various social events and raises money for various projects to help the student experience at College.