Urbana 2018 is Coming!

 

It’s not too soon to start thinking about Urbana, a missions conference for 16,000 students, ministry leaders and missions organizations from around the world. This year’s theme is Discern your place in God’s global mission.

 

University students from Fredericton, including young people from the cathedral, have attended past conferences which feature internationally known speakers, worship, music in many languages, and more than 200 seminars. Organized by the Inter-varsity Christian Fellowship for over 70 years, it’s held every three years in St. Louis, Missouri. The next one will take place Dec. 27-31, 2018.

 

“It’s an eye-opening, cross-cultural experience and an opportunity to delve deeply into the Bible,” said Brad McKnight from the cathedral’s Missions Committee. “Students are challenged to listen and learn from global voices. As the participants pray with power and build connections, it can be transformational.”

 

Registration is now open. More information can be found by searching Urbana Missions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, on the web at urbana.org and on You Tube.

IVCF NB Fall Update from Abigail Wood

Invite, Invite, Invite!
In September people are more open to try new things than any other time of year.  We have been inviting widely all month to meals and Bible studies.  During the first few weeks of class at UNB, STU, and MTA, students attended clubs fairs and invited everyone who stopped by to kick-off barbecues at their homes.  Students in our communities were taking advantage of all opportunities to make new connections.

At the clubs fair: Fredericton students Chiara, Mary Jo, and Wade hand out invitations to meals & Bible studies
We are off-campus
In both Fredericton and Sackville, student life happens just as much off campus as it does on campus.  A group of students in Fredericton have committed their homes (4 houses!) to be “community houses”.  These houses are spaces of hospitality and prayer.  In Fredericton two houses are hosting open dinners every week. These dinners have been gathering points for both students who come almost every week and those who want to come and check out our community or just don’t feel like cooking.  A handful of students in Fredericton and Sackville are meeting every morning to pray for for their friends and their campuses.  Much of this prayer is happening in community houses.
A Weekend Retreat
InterVarsity Undergraduate at Mount Allison grabs a group photo at the retreat
“I need to read my Bible and pray more” is what students tend to say when they want to engage more deeply with their faith.  We decided to use our fall retreat, a weekend away at Camp Medley, to give students tools on how to read their Bibles and pray better.  We gave some examples of different ways to engage with prayer and scripture, such as lectio divina, praying through psalms, and sitting in silence.  One student said that while praying through the psalms, she heard from God more clearly than she ever had before.

Choosing Rest Over Busyness

Our retreat intentionally had a very light schedule.  This gave students space to try out some of the prayer and scripture exercises we showed them.  It also gave them space to nap, play frisbee, drink tea, sit in the sun, or do homework if they needed to.  One student decided to leave her phone in her cabin for the whole weekend.  On Friday night this was causing her a bit of anxiety, especially as she wouldn’t even have a time piece, but on Sunday she was completely content to just sit and be.  Students are learning that God does not call them to constantly perform and prove their worth, but that he calls them to healthy rhythms of both work and rest.

Fundraising Update
I am on campus! Together we raised enough money for me to start on campus in September.  This is incredible, and I am very thankful. We still need to gather about $500 in monthly support to raise the full budget.  Will you consider committing to a monthly gift of $50 or $100? 
Prayer Requests

 

We want to be welcoming to all. Please pray that students with diverse backgrounds and diverse beliefs will come to and feel welcomed at our dinners, Bible studies, and informal gatherings.
In Sackville, community housing plans for next year are already underway. Sackville is unique in that most students are already signing leases for next year. Please pray that InterVarsity students who want to build a community house will have success finding roommates and a place to live.

Cathedral youth called to mission abroad

Matt Allen has been a regular member of our congregation this past year and is preparing to serve God in a mission abroad with IVCF. He is self financing his salary for this mission and the Missions Committee would like to share his request for support.

“I am coming on staff with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. Over the past year I have been working with Inter-Varsity in Fredericton. But now I am feeling like God is calling me to an International placement with Inter-Varsity. I am looking at a placement in either Martinique or France to work with the local student groups and see how they can grow and make a larger impact on their campuses and in their countries. Right now both of those locations have less than five staff working there. So I want to partner with them and see how we can grow. Right now I am fundraising for my salary and my budget costs. I am looking to fundraise $40,000. Would you be willing to support me either financially or through prayer. If you would like to join my newsletter email me at [email protected] and if you would like to financially support me you can at ivcf.ca/donate/mallen” – Matt Allen