A welcoming church community
Hi, my name is Lois Pritchard and I am one of the Assistant Anglican Chaplains for the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, based at St James in the City.
In September 2017, I arrived in Liverpool to study Mathematics at John Moores University for the next three years. I was excited about starting my new course, but I was also really apprehensive because I would be living away from home for the first time.
When I came to Liverpool, I didn’t know anybody else, but it turns out that everyone else was in the same boat. I checked out the societies that were run by the University and many of them had welcome events for us. I would really recommend finding societies that you’re interested in as it’s a great way to meet new people whilst doing something that you enjoy.
I’d heard that being part of a church community in Liverpool would really help me to settle in to a new city, but the thought of checking them out on my own was quite daunting! Luckily, the Christian Union ran a “Church Search” for us so that we could check out a few local churches with a group of other students.
All of the churches were really welcoming to us, and were really keen to invite us to events and get us involved within church life. I felt like I found a second home within my church community in Liverpool. I would encourage you to check out some of the local churches as it really enhanced my student experience!
Author & St James in the City contact: Lois Pritchard