Here’s Abby’s story of starting out at UW:
When I first came to the University of Washington I didn’t know a single person, but it wasn’t long before a group of strangers turned into a support network of great friends and fellow believers in Christ. The Thursday Night Fellowship was my favorite weekly event, especially in terms of getting to know the other members. It follows a relaxed schedule, with people popping in and out at all times, depending on who can make it, and I think that makes for a very welcoming and easy-going environment.
It starts off with a (free!) dinner for the first half hour or so, which gives you the opportunity to socialize with others, something the other Bible studies don’t have as much time for. Not to mention the food is better than anything the school could serve. After dinner we all gather around and sing worship hymns together, accompanied by a guitar or two. It’s fun, sometimes a little silly, and a great way to partake in the Lord together!
And finally comes the Bible study which, more often than not, builds off of the Bible studies we have on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Just like those studies, we split up into small groups and after some introductions we all tackle the lesson handouts together. The lesson might cover a specific passage of the Bible, or perhaps a topic such as a certain characteristic of God. Working in a small group allows you the freedom to interject in order to ask and answer each other’s questions and also share experiences with one another. It doesn’t matter how far you are or aren’t in your walk with Christ, there’s something we can all take away from the lesson!
When I first started attending fellowship, it was a little intimidating not knowing other people in the group. But after a few weeks, once I started to get to know CSA a little better, it became something I looked forward to. Growing together in the love of the Lord with super awesome and friendly people is an invaluable experience. If you’re looking for something to do on a Thursday night, drop by and say hello!