Hello! My name is John Gamble and I’m in my third year of Dentistry at Queen’s. I’m from Armagh and am a member of the Mall Presbyterian Church. Outside uni work I enjoy music, playing the piano, trombone and folk harp, and like to dabble at the organ! My musical tastes lie in classical (the older the better!) but I also appreciate a bit of jazz now and again. When I get the time, I also enjoy reading about and listening to podcasts on theology.

 

My role in CU is Small Groups Co-ordinator. It’s my job to write the Bible study material for the Small Groups that meet throughout the year and to help equip the small group leaders through SLOBS (Small group Leaders’ Own Bible Study), which meets before the main CU meeting on Mondays.

University is great, but starting out can be daunting with so many new faces and lots of adjusting to do. As Christians, there are incredible opportunities to grow in your faith, but there are also new distractions and pressures that can bring up new challenges in your walk with God. For those of us who have been at university for some time, it has the potential to become spiritually draining. The solution? I recommend Small Groups!

Getting involved in your Small Group is a fantastic way to forge friendships with others in your course or related courses, to delve deep into God’s Word together, to develop as a disciple of Christ and to equip you to get out there and share the Good News. God has been so gracious to us in giving us his Word, through which his Spirit acts to change us and shape us to be more like Jesus. So take up this unique opportunity to be fed and grow in your walk with God!

In 2017/18 we are studying the Life and Letters of Simon Peter – I am excited about this great opportunity to learn from the life of one of Jesus’ closest disciples in the Gospel accounts, and to learn from what God has to say to us through his letters, 1 & 2 Peter.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom…” (Colossians 3:16)

If you would like any more information about Small Groups, please get in touch. Do take a look the Small Groups section of this website, where there are more details of the individual groups and the leaders.