Monday 20 October 2008

Wecloming Students

These days the city is home to two universities: Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria. Students form a fairly high percentage of Lancaster's population during term time, with many living in the city centre, though the majority live on campus. Last night the Cathedral held its annual 'welcome meal' for students, marking the start of the academic year.

A great number of students from many parts of the world came along to the meal, which was prepared and served by members of the parish 'Impact' group. The Impact group meets fortnightly and gives young parishioners the chance to do practical work to support the Church and those in need. Alongside the students we were joined by the Lancaster University chaplaincy team: Fr Hugh Pollock, Sr Ella Flynn and Rev. Jim Wood, our own Cathedral deacon.

Students are well supported by chaplaincy services at both universities; the Cathedral works alongside the chaplaincies to welcome and support students, particularly those who live in the city itself. Students (even those only here for a brief period) are very welcome to get involved in parish life: for more about what we offer students, click here.