Moving away from home for the first time is a big thing to adapt to, with students often many miles away from family and friends for long periods of time, having to quickly adjust to independence.
Canterbury Salvation Army has lots of activities just for students to make the transition a bit easier – and we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community whether you already attend another Salvation Army church or not.
7.30pm – A warm, home-cooked meal awaits all students on a Thursday evening during term-time, in the Annexe. It currently costs just £2.50 for a main course and a pudding, and is an excellent chance to catch up with friends and have a laugh.
The Salvation Army in Canterbury holds two services on a Sunday – and in between the two, our students have another opportunity to be fed. Working on a rota basis, members of the church welcome groups of students into their homes for lunch each Sunday afternoon – and twice a month, all the students are invited for lunch at the hall.
7pm – After the evening service on a Sunday, the 16-25 group meet for an informal time together. We play games, watch films or just sit around having a chat and a catch-up with each other. There’s no charge for the evening but feel free to bring along some food to share or a donation to contribute to the food provided. Once a fortnight, a cell discussion group precedes Youth fellowship: here, the student group takes it in turns to lead each other in bible study and prayer, in whatever way they feel appropriate! For the students, this is very helpful – a chance to reflect on the issues that really matter to them and to discuss what it means to be a Christian. Leading a cell is encouraged but not compulsory, and your presence in cells would be welcomed.
Whoever you are, if you are coming to Canterbury to study, know someone who is, or have already been here for a while, we would be really glad to hear from you – you can fill in the form below to contact Sarah Ward, our student co-ordinator.