What a way to get away…

by Matthew Jeal

We started off the new year by joining the students on their annual trip to the Scottish Borders for Student Getaway. For some of us this was an exciting time of revisiting a place where we had met with God, grown in our discipleship and been drawn deeper into community whilst we were students… and for the rest a great chance to spend time getting to know more students and spending time away in fellowship, worship and prayer together.

Matthew Porter, vicar at St Michael le Belfrey Church in York, joined us for the weekend with two Student Interns from his church to teach on Prayer. The four main sessions covered Thanksgiving, Intercession, the Prophetic and Spiritual Warfare, and I think we all valued Matthew’s approach which made us really appreciate the value of prayer as he spoke in a way that was both encouraging and challenging whilst remaining really accessible.

Some other highlights of the time away included having the privilege of getting alongside students in pastoral groups and praying with them, being involved in running certain aspects of the time and leading seminars. In particular, it was great to see so many students stepping out of their comfort zones, whether that be in their own expression of worship, sharing from the front, or praying and prophesying for and over one another. God was at work in so many ways throughout Student Getaway and we can’t wait to see how He’ll continue to work in and through the student community and beyond as we head into the new university term!