Books Down Day
As we launch the Annual Fund appeal for the coming academic year, student Sam Carter tells us about Books Down Day, which is one of the projects that the Annual Fund supports by providing supplies to allow ordinands to take part in College sponsored missionary activity in Cambridge.
Once a term, Ridley sets aside a day for students to take part in organised mission activities. 'Books Down Day', as it is called, is an opportunity for us to escape our Ivory Towers for a day, and get out into the community, share the love of Christ and preach the gospel. This past year we have worked with students at Anglia Ruskin to put on a carol service, clean students' kitchens and engage in street evangelism, and collaborated with the Besom organisation to provide decorating and gardening services to needy people across Cambridge.
The aim of the day is to express our corporate commitment to mission and to our community; it's a complement to, rather than a replacement for, the range of mission activities that Ridley students engage in across the year.
Particular highlights have included transforming the garden of a woman no longer able to tend to it due to illness, transforming the dilapidated sixties interior of a council house into a living room fit for a young family, and seeing the gusto with which certain members of the Ridley community set to attacking the accumulated grime of student digs.
All in all, it is a real privilege to serve the community, proclaim Christ, forge relationships with others at Ridley, and have a lot of fun at the same time.
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