‘There’s nowhere in the Bible that says you always get to do what you want to do.’

When Kat started university in 2015, she noticed a need on her campus. With students pouring out of nightclubs, drinks flowing and mental health struggles on the rise, she chose to be a light in the darkness. By teaming up with the Student’s Union, she, alongside other volunteers, created ‘Time Out’, a safe space for students, run by students. 

'The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.'

John 1:5

 

 

What is Time Out? 

Time Out begins around midnight on Saturday nights, and students are offered water, biscuits and a place to rest on the Time Out sofa. Working alongside security guards and a medical team, Time Out play an integral part in ensuring the students’ emotional and physical welfare needs on a  night out are met. Not only this, but it is during this time of rest that students learn that being a friend and a light on campus is just as much church as a Sunday morning service is. 

‘People are shocked when they hear we aren’t being paid to be there’. 

Although the biscuits are a welcomed treat, it is not the snacks that cause heads to turn and for students to open up. Instead, it is the sacrificial act of choosing to serve one another in the early hours of the morning. It is the team’s choice to put their own time, plans and even sleep aside, to show their friends that they are worth giving it up for. 

2 years since starting, Time Out is now trusted as a safe space and even some people’s favourite part of their night out. The good news of Jesus shown through the hospitality, sacrifice and selflessness of a bunch of students has now had a ripple effect, and has even led some students to #TryChurch and find a community they can call home. 

Kat adds, although the fruit of Time Out speaks for itself, it is not without its struggle. ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few’ could not ring truer when trying to get others on board. Time Out is not only time out from a night out, but time out of our own schedules, which requires embracing inconvenience, and embracing inconvenience is not without wisdom. 

Time Out shifts that start at midnight and end at 4am require wisdom, especially around the area of rest. Kat schedules a time of rest on Saturday afternoons and Sundays to ensure she can serve to the best of her ability and not burn out. 

For the Time Out volunteers, it is a constant choice to say ‘your will not mine’, and as Kat adds, ‘there’s nowhere in the Bible that says you always get to do what you want to do.’ 

I often see the Time Out team at church on a Sunday morning after they’ve spent the night in the Students Union. Are they tired? Yes. Exhausted. Are they full of joy and testimonies of what God’s been up to whilst we were sleeping? Absolutely. 

So what are Kat’s top tips for club mission? 

1. Understand that this is one of your main ways of evangelism. Let’s meet people where they’re at, and where they’re at is often in the clubs. 

2. Stick to clubs that are overseen by the Students Union. This is because it helps to build trusting relationships with the SU as well as protecting your team on a night. 

3. Find a pattern that works for your team. If you have 5 volunteers, planning club mission 5 days a week will be draining and unsustainable. Sit down with your team and work out what actually works. 

 

 

Victoria Seithel

Communications Developer

Viki loves raising up new leaders and is committed to sharing the hope-filled story of student mission with the churches she serves.

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