Our hope is that through this ministry that God will empower students to live lives of devotion to Him in the midst of strong peer pressure. We hope that after four years with us to have the pleasure of commissioning them go on to be good employees, bosses, and family figures – all because of the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives as they are, inspired and equipped by Jesus Christ. This remains our hope, though of course We’ve seen many students really struggle, as we all do… yet God is ever present.
What We Do
St Andrews Navs are in partnership with Cornerstone St Andrews, a local church seeking to be a people following Jesus, who help others to follow Him also. Their website is: http://www.
Students meet weekly to find out more about who God is and what it looks like for our lives to be changed by Him, from the inside out, and developed through relationship with God and one another.
The Bible, and what God has said through it, is the springboard for everything we talk about; we learn from one another, pray together, and seek to help each other with whatever is going on, sharing our lives. To facilitate this, we divide into same sex small groups (of about 7-12 people) at the beginning of the year – and stick with them (some students go right through uni in the same small group!!). We do this to promote the development of safe and loving relationships, by God’s grace. This lends itself brilliantly to the compact nature of student life, where peers and friends meet very frequently and in all sorts of different places. Essentially, these groups are about recognising God, and serving others as we live in reference to Him, and His word. As we are changed, God will work through our lives, and into the lives of others; in a world in ever imminent need of relationship with the God who made it.
Abby and Xander moved to St Andrews in 2011, sensing God calling us specifically to work with Students. We are part of a team who hope to serve God’s purposes in the lives of students here; We work alongside colleagues Mairi Martin, interns (participating in a graduate development programme – “Connect”) and Stu and Jen Newland (who work specifically with International students).
Our involvement with people is a team and family effort. We seek to honestly share our lives; our struggles, our trust in Jesus, our devotion to being His disciples, our convictions about God’s heart of love and compassion for the world – in the hope of developing a culture of deep and trusting relationships. We believe that God wants to use each person who trusts in Him for His purposes, therefore we gladly assist students towards growth as followers of Jesus as they go this journey of seeing what God will do through their lives.
Get in touch
Turner House, 54 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XQ