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There is a central committee of approximately 8 consisting mainly of
post graduate students. The members have loosly defined roles though
everyone is expected to help one another. These include President,
Vice-President, Secretary, Computer Officer, Events Coordinator,
Treasurer, Introduction to Christianity Course organiser and Prayer
Coordinator. Bible study leaders are not necessarily chosen from the
committee and it is common for the committee to ask specific bible
studies to help organise and run different events.
Core regular meetings:
Bible Studies: Members of these groups are recruited via personal
friendships and oral advertisments given at various events. They
4/5 bible study groups taking place on different week day nights in
studentsí rooms. Each group has 2/3 leaders and they are
evangelistic in focus. A common format of the groups is to meet for
bible study, prayer and tea/coffee. A couple of the groups also make
an effort to eat dinner together first as this facilitates fellowship.
1 introduction to christianity course specifically ministering to
International Students and those with very little knowledge of
God. The format adopted is that of the Alpha course e.g. dinner, short
talk, followed by small group discussions.
Weekly prayer meeting: A weekly meeting to pray for individuals in the
CGS, the committee and the work of God through the CGS.
International Student Welcome program: A series of events at the start
of each academic year to help international students settle into life
in Cambridge (see separate description)
CGS-ISWP weekend away: Usually takes place at the end of the first
term. An opportunity to take international students to see a different
part of the UK and to create and build upon exisiting friendships with
Christians and non-Christians. In the past, these trips have been a
good mixture of entertainment (e.g. excursions, games, talent shows,
etc) and evangelistic activities (e.g. bible studies, question panel,
simple evangelistic service on the Sunday morning). Sharing rooms,
cooking and cleaning together act as an ideal opportunity to talk with
others and get to know them better.
International food evenings: A buffet style dinner which usually takes
place once a term. People are invited to bring a dish from their own
country or to just come along to eat if they are too busy to cook. A
short evangelistic talk is usually given in between the main course
and the dessert.
Pudding parties: A buffet style dessert feast in which people are
invited to bring desserts (or just come eat them) and listen to a talk
on a specific subject (e.g. Christianity & Science, Christianity &
politics etc). An opportunity is given for questions and discussion
after the talk.
CGS social dinners: These take place once or twice a term in which
people are invited to a served dinner in a college. A great
opportunity to meet new people and continue building friendships.