By Marcus Lim
Still exploring the Christian faith

As one who did not grow up in a Christian environment, I didn’t feel the need to go to church or have a spiritual life. My idea of church was filled with skepticism and mystery. That was until I started attending CUG. 

I was introduced to CUG when my college friends invited me to a CUG Camp. At first, I thought it would simply be a fun break from my daily life of attending classes and doing assignments. But each day at the CUG camp made me realise that life has a much higher purpose. Besides the sports and fun games, I was introduced to Christianity through activities like devotions and worship. After the wonderful experience at the camp, I started attending CUG meetings every Friday.

The monthly Bible studies on the gospel of Mark expanded my knowledge of Christianity. Though I joined the studies late, I was able to grasp the teachings, which were supplemented by open discussions with fellow CUG members. It was a great opportunity for me to learn about Jesus’ life and His ultimate sacrifice for us.

In addition, CUG also organised Outing, Outreach, Others (OOOs), which ranged from form outings and more involved activities like volunteer work. Shortly after I joined CUG, I had the opportunity to organise an OOO with my friend, Jared. Together, we held the CUG Game Championship where we played games to compete for prizes. Overall, it was a night of fun, laughter and strengthening bonds through friendly competition.

CUG hosted free topics where we discussed subjects like spiritual gifts and prayer. We also covered topics that are relevant to all members of our age group. For example, CUG held a free topic on flourishing where two mental health experts, Dr Hera and Hui Jun, came in to discuss what it means to flourish in terms of mental health in the Christian context.  

All these activities would not have been possible without the facilitators. From the time of the CUG camp till now, CUG’s facilitators have never failed to create a safe space for me to learn and grow. They have always been around to support and answer questions in addition to leading the Bible studies.

My time as a CUG member holds a very special place in my heart. Throughout the year, I’ve learned the importance of fellowship as a part of my spiritual life. Exploring and building it have been much more rewarding and fruitful with the help of fellow CUG-ers and facilitators. With that said, I will forever cherish the friendships and memories I’ve made and the lessons I’ve learned at CUG. :’)

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