Ian, a student worker in Norwich, shares his freshers week brainwave and the message they’ll be sharing with those arriving this September…

With the arrival of freshers fast approaching the team and I started to consider the message we wanted to share with those about to arrive in our city.  Whilst browsing through the internet we stumbled across a brilliant quote from Mark Zuckerberg, one of the co-founders of Facebook.

"When I reflect on the last 10 years, one question I ask myself is: why were we the ones to build this? 
We had way fewer resources than big companies. If they had focused on this problem, they could have done it.
The only answer I can think of is: we just cared more."  

For me the words “WE WERE JUST STUDENTS” really stuck out. Imagine that; a group of students who simply got together, built a social platform and completely revolutionised the way in which people all over the world interact. These guys were just students.  They had gone to university to study and to gain a degree but ended up changing the world.

As students prepare to descend upon our fine city of Norwich, and other cities across the country, this is the message that we want to give to them: ‘How will you make your mark? Yes you are here to study, yes you are here to gain a degree, yes you may only here for 3-5 years, and yes you may 'only' be students; but we as a local church believe that there is so much more.' We know that students are full of passion, excitement, talent and a desire to change the world. Through the local church our intention is provide this generation with an outlet for these passions, a platform for their service and an opportunity to help them make their mark. 

They may just be students, but they may just change the world. #makeyourmark

Pippa Elmes

Ministry Training Leader

Pippa supports those in church based student ministry to do their job really well. She loves challenging churches to work with students and equipping them to pioneer new mission opportunities to reach students.                     

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