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Why we love… making the most of the summer

Wikipedia tells me that workers in the UK are entitled to 28 days paid annual leave a year (which includes bank/public holidays). That works out as just over five weeks. As students, most of us will have double that just as our summer holiday. Result!

But, to twist a phrase, with great vacation comes great responsibility. How are we going to use that time in a way that honours Jesus, serves our neighbour and helps us grow in godliness? There are lots of good answers to that question - although it's worth noticing that none of them happen if we aren't proactive and just hope the time will fill itself with profitable things. But let us suggest two ways of using the summer well.

  1. You can get involved in a summer camp. These are Christian activity holidays for teenagers which typically last around a week, in a boarding school (actually camping is rarely involved!). You'll be part of a team of students who help make camp run, have your own teaching and training stream, and have a blast of a time. Find out more from anyone who's been on a camp before, or check out this list of camps we know you won't regret.
  2. You can go abroad on a short term mission team. Ryan and Lulu are organising a trip to visit our mission partners in Beijing towards the end of August - chat to them. UCCF runs a number of overseas summer teams every year through Christian Unions (as well as some in the UK). Go and visit a missionary you have links with from your home church. You might not get this opportunity again.
God wants us to make the most of the time he gives us (Ephesians 5:16). Spending time with your family is a good thing to do with the summer. So is getting a job or internship. So is having some time to unwind from and reflect on an intense year and prepare for the next. And so are the intentional gospel service and training that you'll get through a summer camp or mission team. If you're able to either, jump at them while you can!