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The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1934

Student Christian Movement

page 141

Student Christian Movement

The V.U.C. Student Christian Movement has throughout this year had a fairly full programme. Four Week-end Camps have been held, and we have been fortunate in having at these Camps such people as Miss W. Mather, who spoke on the recent S.C.M. Conference at Java, and Rev. and Mrs. A. M. Richards, who have just returned from an extended trip abroad.

There have also been six addresses at the College. The opening address was given by Rev. L. J. Boulton-Smith on "What we have to tell the World." Other speakers have been Mr. W. Nash, M.P., "World Affairs through Christian Eyes," Mr. A. E. Hurley, "This New Nationalism," Mr. W. Peacock, "The Oxford Group Movement," Rev. Alun Richards, a talk on his experiences in Europe, and Miss Grace Patterson, a missionary in India, "Missions in India."

During the August vacations a Conversazione was held at S.C.M. Headquarters, where Deaconess Spencer Smith spoke on "The Churches and Unity," and led the following discussion.

Five Study Circles have met during the year to study Rev. W. Bullock's book, The Dominant Design, a brief introduction to the modern use of the Bible. In Weir House there has been a daily meeting for prayer and Bible reading, and there have been two weekly prayer groups, one meeting at Varsity, in the evening, and the other at the Student Christian Movement Bookroom, Woodward St., in the lunch-hour.

The World Student Christian Federation Day of Prayer was observed as usual. A Communion service was held at 10 a.m., and tea at 5 p.m., followed by a special service at 7 p.m. All these meetings were held in Wesley Church, Taranaki St. Rev. F. H. Wilkinson spoke at the tea, and Mr. A. E. Hurley at the evening service.

Poor Relief has again been one of our activities. Three families have been given some financial assistance, and what is more, friendship. Further particulars of this work may be had from Miss K. Hoby or Mr. T. Price, the trustees of the Poor Fund. Subscriptions to this work may be placed in the box on the letter-rack.

Mention must be made of the Second-hand Bookstall, which was again run by us, and which is proving more and more of a service to students.

The 1934 programme will conclude with a Post-Exam Week-end Camp, to which all will be welcomed, and at which it is hoped there will be a larger attendance than thete has been at the other Camps this year.