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Life Goals: The Bath blog

Date posted: 20/11/17

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University of Bath Christians in Sport Group

It was great to support the University of Bath Christian Union as they ran their 'Life Goals' events week. You can check out all the action here as together we looked to reach students with the amazing news of the gospel.

Monday morning update

Life Goals will feature a series of different events to help students hear about Jesus and answer the question 'What are you searching for?'. Here's Mike Harris, our man in the South West, with a lowdown of what to expect over the next five days.

 

Monday afternoon update

It's been a busy start to Life Goals week here in Bath. After a pep talk from Mike Harris, reminding us of what the week is all about, the team have had a hectic day handing out flyers and conducting questionnaires. 

The students did a cracking job serving up waffles on the Parade, which provided a great chance to chat with those queuing for their food. Talking of food, there was plenty on offer at the two lunchbar talks. Here Mike spoke on 'Body Goals: How can you be satisfied with who you are?' It was great to see around 20 people at each talk and we pray that those numbers will increase as the week goes on.

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Jen, Hannah and Rob didn't let the rain dampen their spirits

After an afternoon of 'flyer-ing in the rain', we're all set for the first main talk. Please pray as Mike speaks on 'Life Goals: What are you speaking for? He will be setting the scene for the rest of the week and say that Jesus is who we should be searching for.

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Tuesday morning update

Last night saw plenty of students pack into Bath Brewhouse for the Sports Quiz and a talk from Mike Harris, entitled 'Life Goals: What are you searching for?'. Please pray that those who came and heard the good news would want to keep coming back for the rest of Life Goals.

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Mike speaking during the Sports Quiz

This morning, we are out spreading the word about today's lunchbars. Basically, these are opportunities for the students to hear about different aspects of Christian faith and get a nice lunch in the process. This is definitely an added incentive for hungry students.

Two-time Olympic rowing medallist Debbie Flood is in the hot seat today, with a talk entitled 'Olympic Goals - Success, Disappointment and Faith'. Debbie will be interviewed about her career as an elite sportswoman and the difference faith in Jesus made to it. With many Bath students aspiring to compete at the highest level, we are praying Debbie's story will really strike a chord.

You can hear more from Debbie on the Christians in Sport Podcast and by watching the video below.

 

  

Tuesday afternoon update

Thanks for praying for today's lunchbars with Debbie Flood. It was encouraging to see around 70 people attend across the two slots. There were some really good questions asked, especially at the first one.

The waffle stall, which is running from 11am to 1pm each day, continues to be really popular. It offers the chance to chat with students for a bit longer about why we're putting on 'Life Goals' this week. Please pray on for this as well as the flyer-ing and questionnaires.

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Dave Hampton interviews Olympic rower Debbie Flood at a lunchbar, while (right) the waffle stall is proving a big hit

We're here in Bath to support the Christian Union and the Christians in Sport group as they seek to share the gospel with their friends. One big prayer is that what happens during Life Goals will be a great springboard for the students rather than being seen as a 'one-off week'. 

Bertie Kennedy, who helps lead the university’s Christians in Sport group, said: “Thanks for all your prayers for Bath. We had a great quiz last night, many sportspeople hearing the gospel! Please continue to pray for follow up from all the events for the group! Exciting times!"

Here's a reminder of the programme this week. Next up is the second evening talk, this time at St Bart's Church. The title is 'Success Goals - What does it mean to be truly successful?' Let's pray that there will be plenty of good soil in the room as the good news is proclaimed. 


Wednesday morning update

As the third day of Life Goals gets going at the University of Bath, we asked some of the team to share their best moments so far.

Intern Rob Stileman said: “The Sports Quiz on Monday was a big highlight. Cracking venue. Great buzz. And Mike's talk was challenging and set up the rest of the events well.

“I have also loved the morning prayer meetings. Class committing each day to God because it can feel quite daunting before the day kicks off.”

Jen Harris, another of our Interns, said her highlights included “a couple of good conversations about Jesus that came from surveys yesterday morning” and “a girl on our table at the event last night who was exploring faith found Dave’s talk really helpful”.

Hannah Smith, our South West-based Intern, said: “For me, it was a good time catching up and spurring on one of the fresher girls from the Christians in Sport group last night and two really receptive survey conversations this morning.”

Do join us in lifting this whole week up to our Heavenly Father. The next event on the timetable is lunchbar number three with a talk on “Relationship Goals: What does real relationship look like?”

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Students listening intently at last night's meeting

Wednesday afternoon update

It's been another great day so far at the University of Bath. Beginning with a prayer meeting (pictured below), it was great to thank God for all He has done so far during Life Goals and lift to Him all that is to come in the remaining days.

 

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Here's an update from Hampo...

 

This evening, the team are helping students run Dialogue Dinners. They usually provide great gospel opportunities as Christians invite their teammates round for food and chat. Here's a bit more info from Mike and Phil...

 

 


Thursday morning update

bath university events weekThanks for your prayers last night. We had some really encouraging times at the Dialogue Dinners. Intern Phil Small (pictured handing out flyers this morning) supported Bertie and Liam as they gathered some of their rugby teammates together.

Phil said: "It was great. We had 10 of us sitting round the table. We had a bit of pizza and some really good honest chat and questions about what the gospel is all about and what Christianity can mean for the lads. There's plenty to pray about, but it was a really good time."

Meanwhile, two more of the Interns, Jen Harris and Hannah Smith, supported another rugby player Amy, who hosted six teammates.

Jen said: "It was a good evening of gospel-centred conversation, which was such a massive answer to prayer. One girl said she would like to meet up with Amy and ask more questions, which is brill!".

This morning, we have been back out on the flyer trail, promoting today's lunchbars where former Premier League footballer Linvoy Primus will be interviewed. Linvoy's title is "Football, faith and feeling satisfied".

Please pray that many will come along and be struck by the power of the gospel. Do also lift the rest of the Life Goals programme to our Heavenly Father. You can hear more from Linvoy on the Christians in Sport Podcast and watch something of his story below.

 

 

Thursday afternoon update

bath university events weekFaith or football, which is more important? That's the question we have been asking students today. With former Premier League footballer Linvoy Primus being interviewed in the lunchbars, it proved a great topic to grab people's imagination as they walked by. The team got plenty of engagement and it was great to see some students head straight through the doors to hear Linvoy's story of faith and football.

Tonight, we're off to Widcombe Baptist Church for the evening meeting. "Satisfaction Goals - Is being at the top of your game good enough?" is our topic.

A lot of students who have been to other events during Life Goals have said they are thinking of coming back tonight, so please pray that this happens. It seems that quite a few are close to committing their lives to Jesus.

Don't forget, we are sharing more news, photos and videos from the week on social media. You can follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Hampo interviewing Linvoy Primus during today's lunchbars  


Friday morning update

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Mike rallying the troops at this morning's prayer meeting

We're into the final day of Life Goals and there's so much to keep praying for. It's been a real privilege to be involved in this work and to see many students engaging with the gospel.

We began today with a great combination of bacon, Bible and prayer and now we're back out flyer-ing and encouraging as many people as possible to come to the remaining meetings. Today's lunchbars are on "Hope Goals - Is there more to life than this?", while tonight's talk is "Deal Goals - What does the Christian faith mean to you?".

 

It’s the final day of  @UniofBath where we’re teaming up with @Bath_CU 

And here’s ⬇️ what we’re praying 🙏 

 

 

 

Friday afternoon update

bath university events weekWe’re into the final few hours of Life Goals now - and what a week it’s been teaming up with the Christian Union. It’s been an awesome time sharing the gospel and life with students.

Numbers at the evening meetings grew to 130 last night where Hampo and Linvoy both spoke really well and clearly about finding true satisfaction. There were good conversations aplenty. We then saw about 75 people across the two lunchbars today. There were some brilliant questions, really digging into whether we can be certain of eternal life and about that assurance of heaven.

Please pray for tonight’s final meeting and all the follow-up that will take place in the coming weeks and months. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see a long-term legacy of students being encouraged to reach their teammates for Christ at this university? There really is no better goal for anyone of us to have in the clubs and teams where God has placed us!

We will leave you with Mike, our team leader at Life Goals, reflections on the week.

“My highlight was Bertie and Liam’s Dialogue Dinner and seeing people really grapple with the truth of the gospel. It was also thrilling to see people’s attitudes to the good news changing throughout the week.”

 

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