About Us

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We are a society of students who follow Jesus Christ and who are:

united by Christ’s LOVE // grounded in the BIBLE // excited about sharing the GOSPEL

so that ALL may hear and respond to the Good News and Love of Jesus Christ.

 

That’s because our purpose is to be a community who goes out to share this good news with everyone on campus. We’re blessed to have such a diverse group to share in this mission, and we’re so excited about meeting anyone who wants to join us or see what we’re all about, whether you’d say you’re a Christian or not.

What is this “good news” that we believe?

It’s all to do with Jesus: a real, historical human just like us. Except that he was perfect. In fact, he claimed to be God, predicting that he would die but come back to life. He came to this world as the only person who could put right the problem at the core of everyone since humanity’s beginning, and the root of all evil: our rejection of God, who created us and longs to be in relationship with us.

In our rebellion against God, by not having Him at the centre of our lives, we miss out on the full life we were made for now, and we miss out on eternity spent with Him in a perfected, new creation after we die.

But, as Jesus died on the cross in an act of unparalleled love for us, he took the fair punishment that should be ours, and in exchange, gave us his perfect status before God.

Not only that, but after 3 days he came back from the dead to prove that he was in fact God, that his sacrifice on the cross worked, and that his promises come true.

Because of the cross and resurrection, we can have forgiveness, restored relationship with God and eternal life!

It’s on the table for you, right now, and Jesus has paid for it all. Have you taken him up on the offer yet?

If this is news to you, we’d love to chat with you, open up the Bible (which is all about Jesus) and answer any questions you may have. The book of John (a close friend of Jesus who wrote an eyewitness account of his life) is a great place to start investigating this “good news”.

Drop us an email at info@sucu.org.uk or chat to a Christian friend if you want to know more, or to get a free copy of the book of John for yourself…

You can also find an outline of all we believe right here: Doctrinal Basis

Why are we so passionate about sharing this good news with everyone?

This is because:

We’re convinced that we have a message worth sharing – the best news that you could ever hear!

We love our campus – if you’re a student, that’s you!

We’re followers of Jesus, and he has called us to share it

We believe it brings glory to God

What do we do throughout the year?

Loads! See What’s On for all the details.

We’re affiliated to UCCF (University and Colleges Christian Fellowship) – a fantastic organisation that supports christian unions throughout the UK, helping us to live and speak for Jesus.

Their website is absolutely packed with useful stuff: https://www.uccf.org.uk/

UCCF is part of IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) – who represent christian unions all over the world! Here in the Southeast, we’re particularly linked with CCX (the Ukrainian CU movement, and you say it “s-s-ha”!). God is doing amazing things in universities across Ukraine, where protestant Christianity is viewed with a lot of suspicion, and being a Christian comes at a higher personal cost than here. Throughout the year, there’ll be opportunities to partner with them in prayer, financial support, and going to Ukraine as part of a UCCF summer team to run an evangelistic English camp for uni students.

Leadership

SUCU is coordinated by our committee, aided by our UCCF workers. They’re here to help all of SUCU give everyone at Southampton University the opportunity to hear and respond to the good news and love of Jesus Christ. If you’ve got questions, want advice or have ideas for things SUCU could be doing, please get in touch.

Joe Easley

President: Joe Easley

president@sucu.org.uk

Studies: Geography

Year: 3rd

Hometown: The mighty mighty Salisbury

Rachel Denno

Vice-President: Rachel Denno

vicepresident@sucu.org.uk

Studies: Dual Field Adult and Mental Health Nursing

Year: 3rd

Hometown: Liverpool

Simeon Carter

Secretary: Simeon Carter

secretary@sucu.org.uk

Studies: Philosophy

Year: 3rd

Hometown: Ashtead

Sarah Ebenezar

Treasurer: Sarah Ebenezar

treasurer@sucu.org.uk

Studies: Maths with Actuarial Science

Year: 3rd

Hometown: “I genuinely don’t know the answer…”

Esther Gill

Freshers’ Week Coordinator: Esther Gill

freshers@sucu.org.uk

Studies: Geography

Year: 3rd

Hometown: St Albans

Jacob Downey

Events Week Coordinator: Jacob Downey

events@sucu.org.uk

Studies: History

Year: 3rd

Hometown: Bagshot

Hannah Smith

Internationals Coordinator: Hannah Smith

internationals@sucu.org.uk

Studies: Occupational Therapy

Year: 3rd

Hometown: Havant

Emily Dee

Hall Groups Coordinator: Emily Dee

hallgroups@sucu.org.uk

Studies: History and Archaeology

Year: 3rd

Hometown: Cambridge

Ben White

Prayer and Praise Coordinator: Ben White

prayerandpraise@sucu.org.uk

Studies: History

Year: 3rd

Hometown: Swindon

Sam Waller

Follow-up Coordinator: Sam Waller

followup@sucu.org.uk

Studies: Geography

Year: 3rd

Hometown: Bristol

niv

UCCF Staff worker: Niv Lobo

nlobo@uccf.org.uk

Studied: English

Works with: Southampton, Southampton Solent and Portsmouth Universities

bethan thomas

UCCF Relay Worker: Bethan Thomas

blthomas13@gmail.com

Studied: Biomedical Science (at Southampton)

Hometown: Newport

The committee also have the backing and guidance of our Honorary Vice-Presidents. As various local church leaders, they provide a uniquely experienced perspective to how SUCU is running.     

If you really want to see all the nitty gritty about how SUCU works, have a leisurely read of our current constitution.

Here’s some links to other useful pages, and organisations we’re associated with or endorse:

SUCU Facebook Publicity page

SUCU Facebook Main Group page

UCCF

IFES

Ukraine

CCX

Theology Network

Be Thinking

Friends International

Christians in sport

Facebook

Christian Medical Fellowship

Southampton Website

Facebook

Christians in Science

South Central group

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Southampton Navigators

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