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The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1935

Student Christian Movement

page 93

Student Christian Movement

The Victoria University College Student Christian Movement has had throughout this year a fairly full programme. Three week-end camps have been held since the end of the 1934 session. At these we have had addresses from Mr. W. Nash, M.P., on "Problems of the Pacific," and Miss Taylor and Rev. J. L. Gray, missionaries from India, on different aspects of missionary work and opportunity.

Our year's work in the College opened with a series of three addresses delivered by students, followed on the next Sunday by a tea. The general theme of this series was the claims of Christ on the student. Later in the year we were able to arrange for Dr. Kagawa to give an address at the College. Apart from these, we have held two meetings at the College and two Sunday teas, at which the speakers have been the Revs. B. Kilroy, M.A., J. S. Murray, M.A., O. E. Burton, M.A., and Hon. Miles Phillimore (of Cambridge). Two conversaziones have been held away from the College, at which Miss Dinecn, of the Anglican Board of Missions, led discussion on foreign missions and Rev. Albert Mead introduced the subject of "The New Patriotism."

The regular meetings of the Movement have been two weekly prayer meetings, one held in the College in the evening and one in the N.Z.S.C.M. Rooms, Woodward Street, during the lunch-hour. During the second term three study-circles have been meeting: one, led by Rev. J. R. Nield, studying social problems with a background of the Old Testament prophets; one, led by Rev. H. W. Newell, studying Fosdick's "The Meaning of Prayer"; and the third, led by Professor Wood, studying international relations.

We are still carrying on with our work of helping the poor. We have been able to give some financial assistance to three families and, what is more important, to extend to them our friendship. Contributions to enable us to continue with this work will be welcome.

At the beginning of the year we once again ran the second-hand book stall, which is proving more and more a boon to students. In conjunction with this we provided an Information Bureau for the benefit of freshers.