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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1913

Christian Union

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Christian Union.

The various branches of Christian Union work have been taken up this year on the same lines as usual.

Bible-study amongst the women is based upon Bosworth's "Teachings of Jesus and His Apostles," and amongst the men, upon Angus's "Discipleship." Andrew's "renaissance of India" is being used for the monthly Mission Study in both branches.

A slight difference is to be made this year in the forms of the fortnightly element will be removed from the former; and the Intercession meetings, which are held directly before the General meeting, will be enlarged and take on a devotional character.

Miss England is again holding a Sunday morning class.

An account of another activity of the Union, the work of the Christian social Service League, appears elsewhere.

Pre-Sessional Work.

The bi-ennial Business Convention of the A.S.C.M. was held this year at Rangiora, New Zealand, at which a large number of Australian delegates were present.

This was immediately followed by the annual conference of the N.Z. Christian Movement, which was the largest yet held in New Zealand. The keynote of the Conference was "Discipleship."

Sunday, February 23rd, was observed as a day of universal prayer for students. A special service was held by Rev. Reed Glasson in the Terrace Congregational Church, followed by a student's intercession meeting, conducted by Professor Picken.

At the time of the Easter Tournament, two meetings for students were held, both on Easter Sunday. The first was held in connection with the Social Service League, and was addressed by Mr. Jamieson, Australasian Secretary of the Y. M. C. A. The second took the form of a Students' Service, held at St. John's Church in the evening, and addressed by Rev. Dr. Gibb.

A pre-sessional conference of members was held at the College on April 1st, when short addresses were given by several members and ex-members of the Union, these addresses being followed by discussion upon the various topics introduced.

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The first general meeting of the year was held on April 12th, when Mr. D. S. Smith gave an address upon "The College Student and Christianity."

On April 26th Professor Kirk gave an address upon the subject of "immortality." The paper was followed by an animated discussion.

The Rev. Gibson smith was the speaker at the next meeting, his subject being "Jesus as Lord."

On May 24th Mr. J. R. young, Travelling secretary of the A. S. C. M. for New Zealand, gave an address upon "The Responsibility of the individual." This address also gave rise to considerable discussion.

Mr. Young also addressed several Faculty meetings, and a general meeting for men on Friday, May 30th.