My name is Amy and I’m heading into my final year of a nursing degree. During my first year in Huddersfield I continued attending services at my church back home in Leeds. I felt quite isolated not knowing any other Christians in Huddersfield, and initially came to Elim on Sunday evenings towards the end of the year to try and form links there. After a few months of this I felt that it was time to leave my old church, and to attend more regularly at Elim, which was a big deal for me having been in my old church for over 20 years! To begin with, I found it hard to make connections because the church is so big, but once the Student Small Group and DNA re-started after the summer break I began to form friendships and feel more settled. It’s been brilliant to get to know the other students, and to be able to support each other in studying God’s word and praying together. We also get through a fairly substantial amount of tea and biscuits between us! I didn’t want to find myself in a “student bubble”, however, and so it has been really valuable to be able to get involved with other groups with people from the wider church family, like Small Group Central and the Stretch Bible studies. Fortunately, there tends to be plenty of tea and biscuits on offer at these too!
Hi! I’m Ben, and I’ve just graduated after four years at Huddersfield University studying Creative Music Technology BMus(Hons). Elim has also been my church throughout these years. On arrival in the first year, I found Elim after trying several churches through the Huddersfield Christian Union’s choose-a-church scheme, (they’re a wonderful bunch – use ‘em!). Although brought up in a thriving CofE, my church background from home was really a grand old melting pot of experiences in Charismatic, Baptist and Anglican churches. I feel Elim is a similar experience – there’s a whole mix of backgrounds and cultures, all coming together as one big family unit of God’s people. I really liked that unity about it – it’s something that just really inspires me somehow. I think that was one thing that really made me feel like Elim was the place for me! Ultimately though, I followed where I thought God was directing me.
When I moved to Huddersfield, I found it hard to find a church I felt comfortable in but eventually decided on Elim because of its in-depth and passionate biblical teaching as well as the super-friendly and welcoming student group. As Elim is a larger church to what I have been used to, I found it difficult to feel a part of the church community at first. After speaking to Andrea about this, I took her advice and got involved with serving on the worship team. Since then I have made friends with people from all different backgrounds within the church and feel that I am now part of a caring and encouraging community.'
Coming to university was probably the scariest change of my life so far, I was so daunted and nervous at the thought. Coming to Elim, as a fresher this year, and settling in to a church has meant that Huddersfield has become my new home! Having the support of dedicated student workers like Andrea and Jamie definitely makes student life a whole lot better! At Elim there's many opportunities to meet other students and people of a similar age. As well as this there's plenty of opportunities to serve the church whether it's through helping at youth, worship or with children's work, which really helps to engage with other church members. I found DNA and student Bible study perfect for getting to know people better in what is a huge but extremely welcoming church!