Big CICCU Getaway

BCG 2021 key info:
Dates: 12-15th January 2021
Times: TBC, but within 09.30-14.00 on Online days, and 09.30-17.00 on Regional days
LocationZoom and (God-willing) in various physical locations
Cost: Free!
Awesome: Yes!
Sign up:  Click here!

CICCU Getaway
Despite Coronavirus
God’s word every day
To feed us and inspire us
12th-15th January 2021

January is far away, and the global situation is continuously changing. But God doesn’t change – he is the eternal king (Jeremiah 10:10). And so, as we remember His love for us, expressed most perfectly in Jesus’ death on the cross, our response can wonderfully be one of reverence and awe, coupled with a bubbly overjoyed thanksgiving that we have the privilege of calling Him Father!

And so it’s worthwhile to spend some time together each January as a whole CU on Big CICCU Getaway worshipping and praising our God, and digging deep into His lifechanging word, asking him by His Holy Spirit to feed us and inspire us through what we read from the Bible together.

Practicalities

Big CICCU Getaway 2021 will look very different to any year in the past – social distancing measures are almost certain to prevent us meeting in a large group in person for a residential trip. But while we can’t spend three nights away together, praise God for Zoom, and pray for a lift of restrictions by January that allows us to meet up in small groups!

Big CICCU Getaway is being organised this year to take place over a mixture of in-person interaction and Zoom calls. Over the four days, from the 12th-15th January, we’ll have a combination of online and (God-willing) in-person regional days. We take physical safety extremely seriously, and will ensure that all in-person activities are carried out in a safe and Christ-honouring manner.

On the online days, we’ll spend the morning on a Zoom call together, hearing a talk from God’s word, entering discussion groups in colleges, and playing games together, interspersed with long and regular breaks from screens. In the afternoon, there will be a couple of optional seminars to equip us to serve Jesus as we walk with him in Cambridge, and later in the day we will run optional evening entertainment to allow us to spend some more chilled time together as God’s family playing games and solving murder mysteries together.

Online days will happen within 09.30-14.00, with long and regular screen breaks

On the regional days, CICCU members will head to local churches to have fellowship and encouragement in small groups of others from their city. They’ll listen to a talk in the morning, discuss it and play socially-distanced physical games together. The day will end in the afternoon, after enjoying one another’s company and more encouragement from God’s word about how we can best live for Jesus specifically in a Cambridge context. For those who can’t make it to a physical meeting for whatever reason, or in the case of in-person meeting being dangerous, there will be “digital regions” meeting via Zoom on the regional days.

Regional days will happen within 09.30-17.00.

We don’t yet know which days of the getaway will be Regional and which will be Online, and the precise timings for either type of day. But if you sent aside 09.30-17.00 on the 12th-15th January, you can be reasonably sure that you won’t miss any of the main components!

This year Big CICCU Getaway is absolutely free, and will be as awesome as ever. We’d love to see you there!

Sign up here!

Here’s the form to sign up – we’d love to have you with us! The form asks you for some information about you as a Cambridge student, and for details about where you’ll be at the time of the getaway (the first half of your post code if you are a UK student, and your nearest city otherwise). This will help us as we begin to plan in-person venues in a COVID-secure manner.

Once you’ve signed up, you will get key updates about Big CICCU Getaway plans, and you’ll be allocated to a venue near you as January approaches, unless you’ve asked us not to meet in person.

If you’ve still got questions about Getaway, Georgia Edmonds, the getaway secretary, would love to hear from you! For more general questions about the Christian Union, please email the CICCU secretary Lydia Mugge.