At the beginning of each year (around the second week in February), CU groups across Perth run AFES Kickstart! – a camp for Christian students who will be attending any of the Perth Universities. It has been running for over 20 years and is still the best way to start uni life as a Christian!
Kickstart! is aimed primarily at Christians who are coming to uni for the first time, sort of like an ‘Pre-Orientation Day Orientation’! Uni will throw up lots of challenges but Kickstart is designed to help you think about your time ahead at uni from a Christian perspective so you can hit the ground running. And you’ll love it and meet lots of new friends!
Second, third, and fourth year students are also encouraged to attend for the sake of the 1st year students, so you can get to know them and they can get to pick your brains!
Register on the AFES Kickstart website
Guild Fair at Mt Lawley - 26 February 2019
Whether you are a Christian or just interested, come to the student guild fair and say 'Hi' at the Christian Union stall and find out what's on
Mid Year Conference (MYC) - 21 to 26 July 2019
Mid Year Conference is the one week of the year that you shouldn’t miss! Students from the Christian Unions at every campus in WA get together for a life-changing time of exploring God’s word, singing his praises, and enjoying each other’s company. Mid Year Conference 2019 is held in Perth, over 5 days and we'll be exploring the topic of how God guides us - not to be missed! See more and register on the AFES Mid Year Conference website here
National Training Event (NTE) - 30 Nov to 4 December 2019 and 'Plus Trip'
Each year students from all the universities in Perth take part in all or part of the extravaganza that is Plus Trip. It’s an experience not to be missed!
Plus Trip consists of 3 components from 21 November – 9 December:
1. Mission with a local church in Perth (21-25 November)
We spend 5 days working with a church in Perth. We help them out in their mission, and get to have a go at doing real, live ministry ourselves.
2. Sightseeing in Canberra/Sydney (27-29 November, 5-9 December)
We fly over and back and include time seeing the sights in Canberra before NTE and then after NTE we travel to Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
3. AFES National Training Event in Canberra (30 Nov-4 Dec)
"Encountering God: hearing his voice" 2019. This is a 5 day conference for students from Christian Unions all over Australia. There will be great talks, great music, great Bible studies, and great opportunities to grow in our knowledge and love of Jesus. Check it out here and here more info on AFES #NTE19 soon
It is possible to come to all or part of Plus Trip but mark your diaries and plan to do the whole thing at least once during uni. Starting in first or second year gives you the opportunity to go again, cos you'll love it!
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die" John 11:25