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The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1948

Student Christian Movement

Student Christian Movement

V.U.C.S.M. has had a very encouraging year. The programme has covered the normal range of activities and in addition has given the members of the Movement an opportunity to make some impact on the outside community. Many members have played a full part in the exercise of their student citizenship in the College. The studies and addresses during the last eight months have centred round the Bible and Doctrine and have dealt with the important subject of the relevance of Christianity to our needs and problems. Apart from Study Circles and devotions, we have organized a monthly Church Service for students on traditional University Service lines and we have held three camps, one in May, one in July, and one at the end of the final exams.

Twenty students from V.U.C. and T.C. last November visited Wanganui on a goodwill mission to the city and churches. A report of the visit was been published giving a full account of the visit. The mission was indeed a stimulating and valuable experience for those students who were able to take part.

We have been fortunate this year in having a visit from Dr John Coleman. Dr Coleman is secretary of the University Commission set up by the World Student Christian Federation, being on the secretariat of W.S.C.F. He has visited fifty-two Universities in eleven different countries and brought us first hand knowledge of their conditions and problems. Dr Coleman has enlarged for us our conception of W.S.C.F. and showed by his example the relationship of Christianity to life.

An important feature of this year's work is a series of lectures on the Bible as Literature sponsored in conjunction with the Literary Society. The lectures are being given by members of the staff and others.

We art planning to visit Hastings at the end of this year, on the lines of our visit to Wanganui, though the team will be larger and the programme more ambitious. Forty members recently spent a whole day in the new housing area at Naenae working with two churches in that area and seeing

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something of the problem of this new community.

We should like to express our thanks to the Rev. Martin Sullivan for his leadenship and help in our work and activities.