Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cross Fellowship at the University of Kentucky, Lexington


Anglicans seeking to love Jesus and to love others

By Jordan Lavender

Cross Fellowship Anglican Student Association was started as a campus mission initiative of St. Patrick's Anglican Church in Lexington, Kentucky, under the Rev. Canon Peter Matthews and under the episcopal care of the Rt. Rev. David ("Doc") Loomis. Matt Purmort became the campus minister for Cross Fellowship in 2007 and works alongside students from the university in this vital ministry.

Cross Fellowship primarily seeks to minister to students at the University of Kentucky both undergraduate and graduate. Students from other universities are also welcome.

The goal of Cross Fellowship is simple, "We are a community who seek to love Jesus Christ and to love one another."

We are Christians in the Anglican tradition.

We believe in a God of holy love that has revealed himself in three Persons: The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the authority of the Scriptures to guide our common life together.

We are committed to share the love of Jesus Christ with those who do not know him.

We gladly partner with all Christians who, having heard the good news that Jesus Christ died for their sins and rose again, have accepted him as their Savior and Lord.

The Anglican tradition unites us with a worldwide community of Christians like ourselves. It is simply what makes us distinctive from other Christian groups. The Anglican Church has 80 million believers across the world and is how our fellowship connects with other Christians globally.

Being Anglican reminds us that church isn’t simply what we do in our own local setting, but we are always connected with brothers and sisters of faith in other cultures and nations.

Also we value such things as having communion as part of our worship. Celebrating in worship together is how God empowers us for mission in his world.

Cross Fellowship's vision is simple—to see students become disciples of Jesus Christ.

Being a campus ministry requires flexibility in structure and organization. As well as a full-time campus minister, Matt Purmort, an ordained priest in the Anglican Mission, we have a student president who acts in leadership capacity. We also have teams of student volunteers.

Worship is an important aspect of our communal life together. We have experimented with different weekly patterns since our formation but we always have at least one gathering for worship each week.

Currently, we have graciously received space from the Wesley Foundation at the University of Kentucky to hold weekly gatherings. We have been meeting on Tuesday nights to celebrate Holy Communion together. We also gather other times for fellowship and fun.

We are a small ministry but we still have a heart for mission. For spring break, we travel to eastern Kentucky to participate in WorkFest, an event organized by the Christian Appalachian Project to help rebuild homes in eastern Kentucky. We are also ministry partners with the Wesley Foundation and the local Lutheran Church Missouri Synod campus ministry. We partner with Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee which helps foster reconciliation in Rwanda and provides fair wages for the coffee farmers.

As time passes, we learn more about how to do ministry on the campus and adopt new and exciting approaches.

Anyone interested in our ministry can contact Matt Purmort at: mattpurmort@gmail.com, or myself at: jordan.lavender@hotmail.com.

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