Hello and welcome from Warwick Christian Union!
We’re a group of students at the University of Warwick who believe the good news of Jesus and are passionate about sharing it with everyone on our campus. Our vision is simply:
Everyone is welcome. We gather from different cultures and church denominations, uniting in worship around the core truths of Christianity.
At Warwick CU there are activities and events to encourage and equip us to live Christlike lives whilst at university and to facilitate sharing the good news with Warwick campus. Read on to find out more!
Find out about our regular activities.
What about non-regular events?
A handy overview of of the year.
Meet the people leading the CU.
Become a member of Warwick CU!
Are you a post-grad or staff member?
Freshers! See what’s on for you.
We are not a church!
It’s vital to get involved in a local church whilst you’re at uni.
The CU runs a range of regular activities, all focused on fulfilling our vision. The activities include praying for our mission, events to encourage and equip us and times where we reach out to campus showing the love of Jesus or giving a chance to explore Christianity.
We really encourage everyone to come to Equip and ‘Together for Mission’ Prayer Meetings but please check out all we do below.
Wednesdays • 5:30 - 7 pm • Various Locations
Equip is our main weekly meeting where we gather as a whole CU to be encouraged and equipped to share the gospel on campus. We unite as a community around the core truths of Christianity by praising God together through music and praying for our CU mission and each other. Local church leaders come in to share from the Bible and encourage us to live and speak for Jesus at Warwick. We share stories of how God has been working in our lives and the lives of those around us. It’s the best place for you to be updated with upcoming events, and afterwards we will often head to the Phantom Coach (a friendly pub) for fun, food and fellowship.
Equip is often in 0C0.03, see our calendar for more details.
Mondays/Tuesdays • 6:30 - 8 pm • Various Locations
Connect groups are small, hall group bible studies, equipping people in their personal evangelism and witness within their halls by studying God’s word.
This builds up relationships and a community of Christians within halls, providing an opportunity to learn, discuss and grow in Christ together.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays • 8 - 9 am • Chaplaincy (except CIS)
Without God, anything we do as a CU is pointless. Prayer meetings are a time we can come together to acknowledge this dependence on Him, to gather in unity and listen to and talk to our amazing Father in heaven – what a privilege!
Please contact Pete below if you would like more details about any of the CU’s prayer meetings. If you have any other questions, concerns, testimonies, prayer requests, jokes… he’d love to hear from you!
Wednesdays • 10:30pm - 3am • Chaplaincy
Hot Choc’s sole purpose is to show God’s love to people on campus in the form of hospitality. Whilst it’s great to share the gospel verbally, we also want to live out the gospel with our actions so our peers can experience what God has given to us. So, it isn’t explicitly evangelistic, but we do get many questions about the gospel. We aim to serve people outside of the CU because nobody is excluded from the love of God – we really want other students of Warwick to see and embrace that.
Fridays • 5 - 7 pm • Chaplaincy
iExplore is a friendly cafe environment for you to explore Christianity for yourself and be part of a Christian community regardless of faith or cultural background.
We meet, chat and share a meal together and learn about what Christians believe. Whether you know nothing about Christianity or loads about it, come along!
All Nations Bible Study
Thursdays • 6 - 8 pm • H2.44
The All Nations Bible Study is a community of believers, both from the UK and from other countries, who desire to delve deeper into God’s Word.
We commit to studying certain books of the Bible, typically over a term. Our study material every week can comprise a series of chapters, or just a few verses. We seek to draw out God’s truths from the Word, to spur one another on to apply these truths in our daily lives, and to pray together. Whether you’ve been a Christian your whole life, or whether you just want to learn more, come join us! PS: Snacks are provided but they aren’t the healthiest.
Throughout the year we put on a variety of events to reach out and share the gospel message with our campus. We want to share this good news and seek to do so in current, varied and creative ways. Below is a flavour of other things we get up to.
We provide lunch and put on a talk that typically addresses common or topical intellectual objections to the Christian Faith. The speaker will spend 20 minutes challenging people’s existing worldview and presenting why the Christian one is credible and followed by 20 minutes of Q&A.
It’s great to share the beauty of the gospel and God’s awesomeness through music. We host a range of music events with some being more diverse ‘open mic’ nights which incorporate, poetry, stories and more!
Some talks are more intellectually based where we’ve invited leading academics. For others we invite individuals from financial, political or military backgrounds to share how knowing Christ has made a difference in their lives. We like to follow some of our evening talks with follow-up discussion sessions.
Check out some of the things we get up to throughout the year.
We put on a whole week of events specifically for newcomers to the university so we can get to know you and help you make some friends!
In term 1, we take a trip to the edge of Wales to stay at Quinta. This is a great opportunity to get to know others in the CU better and get excited for evangelism! There's a jam-packed programme of talks, seminars, prayer and sung worship as well as quizzes, group games, a bonfire and the infamous walk to Wales!
It’s pretty self-explanatory isn’t it? We team up with the orchestra and put on a carol concert of epic proportions in the Butterworth Hall! We even give out free mince pies! Everyone loves the festivities and it's a special time to share the gospel message.
This is the big one! A full week of evangelistic events. We believe in sharing the gospel all year round but this is a focused and intensive version of the rest of the year. Momentum and intrigue grow as people come to event after event. It's a big week so everyone in the CU helps out.
Did I mention we have a tent?
After exams are over, we have a big BBQ in the middle of campus! We also set up live music, fête stalls and a platform for people to share the testimony of their life with Jesus with others at the event.
A chance to dress up and enjoy looking back at the year with your friends in CU before everyone leaves for the summer.
The Christian Union is run entirely by students and we can only do what we do because members give up their time, both helping out at events and activities, and stepping into positions of responsibility. The Committee are our core leadership and featured below, but there are many more people running our regular activities, leading teams, and planning our events.
Hi, we are your 2020/21 Committee and we each have different responsibilities to oversee week to week running of the CU, plan ahead to upcoming events and as a whole facilitate and keep us on track with our vision of sharing the good news. We are just ordinary students studying at Warwick and would love to get to know you! Please speak to us about any questions or concerns you might have, so we can bring them up at our meetings.
We are student-led but we get support from UCCF, a charity that unites Christian Unions all across the country. You’ll see our Staff Worker and Relay Workers around who are here to help us so say hello to them!
UCCF Staff Worker
[Greetings from Esther]
UCCF Relay Worker
[Greetings from relays]
Become a Member
We are a society of Warwick Student’s Union and although you are most welcome to come to any event or meeting we have whether or not you’re a member, there’s really no reason not to get a membership! Becoming a member is COMPLETELY FREE since we are exempt from the SU societies federation fee. You’ll be able to receive our (optional) weekly emails which will keep you updated and you’ll also be able to vote in elections.
As well as the weekly emails, we send out helpful updates, last minute announcements and event photos in our Facebook Members’ group. Some of this content doesn’t make it to the emails, so please join the group to stay in the loop!
Apologies for not giving you guys much room on the website! You are very welcome to join us in everything we do but we’d also like to let you know about the Christian Postgraduate and Staff Network Warwick (CPS). We are good friends and seek to support each other in what we do – you’ll notice we share a prayer meeting. You might like to check their website out and consider joining them.
Are you coming to Warwick in September? We can’t wait to meet you!
We have lots going on in Freshers’ Week and before that to welcome you to Warwick and the CU and to help you find a local church.
Freshaway is a chance for you to spend a weekend before university even starts getting to know other Freshers starting at Warwick this year, your Connect Group leaders and some of the Committee. It would be great to have you with us! In 2019 it was held at The King’s Lodge, Nuneaton CV10 0TZ on the 11th-13th of September.
A Freshlink is an older member of CU, usually on a similar course to yours, who you can meet up with on a regular basis to grab a coffee, chat, study the Bible and encourage one another in living and speaking for Jesus! They’ll be able to get in contact with you before you even start at Warwick and can answer any questions you have about the Christian Union or Warwick student life! Sign up is open now!
“Without having my freshlink, my whole CU and university experience wouldn’t have been nearly as good: they really help you get involved and you make a great friend early on. I would highly recommend.”
Welcome Week Events
We plan a whole range of events for when you arrive! Early in the week there are social events so you can meet other freshers in a relaxed atmosphere, then later in the week we have events designed to get you integrated into the CU and the local churches before your lectures even start!