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The Spike or Victoria College Review June 1914

Christian Union

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Christian Union.

The general meetings during this term dealt with subjects bearing on the basis of the movement. These have been arranged with a view to making clear to all exactly what they are committing themselves to by signing the declaration of active membership. The question of signing a membership slip has been left over until next term, and the fact that joining a Bible Study Circle does not in any way commit a student to holding our tenets, has been emphasised. The Bible Study text book is Oldham's Mark.

The practice of having a Mission Study once in every four weeks has been dropped, and fortnightly Mission Study Circles are being arranged for those who wish to do Mission Study. The Text Book is Mott's "Decisive Hour."

On July 11th Mr. D. Crawford, who is known as Livingstone's successor in Africa, will address the student. He was for 22 years in the heart of Africa, and is the author of "Thinking Black." As a speaker he has a great reputation, so there is evidently a treat in store for V.C.

Throughout the long vacation a vigorous circle of 25 members met fortnightly, under the leadership of the Rev. A. T. Brainsby, in Victoria College, Wellington, to study the "Fact of Christ," by Carnegie Sampson. Keen discussions of a specially interesting character resulted.

This year the Annual Conference was held at Woodville. There was a record attendance of 158 students, and the camping arrangements were carried out with a thoroughness that is characteristic of the Secretaries, Miss Abernethy and Mr. Young. The Study Book was "Thy Kingdom Come," a series of six studies arranged by the Rev. John MacKenzie, and based on "Christ's Message of the Kingdom," by Prof. A. G. Hogg. M.A. The study of this book gave to many a fresh vision of Christ, and pressed home the great truth that the powers of the Kingdom are available for all who will lay hold of them by believing in prayer.

On Saturday a One Day Conference, based on Annual Conference lines, was held at Belmont, Lower Hutt. Though the weather in town was somewhat threatening, 70 students caught the train for Belmont, where a very full programme was gone through. We were addressed by Miss Wilson and Mr. Young and by several of our own students.

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Students who had been to Woodville felt that the speakers had made the spirit of Conference theirs, and were passing it on.

"Freshers" had put before them the methods and ideals of the movement, and those seeking the truth were invited to "Come and see Him in whom is no darkness at all."