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Students and Young Adults

St Columba's URC warmly welcomes students & young adults (18 - 35 year olds). Below are some ways in which this age group can specifically participate in the life of our church.

The community of St Columba's

Everyone is invited to take as active a role in our church as they feel able, from simply attending church services to being involved with our other activities and events. For further information, please refer to the Getting Involved page of this website and contact our minster. 

Chaplaincy to Students in the Reformed Tradition

A part of our Minister's duties is chaplaincy to Students in Oxford whose church life/faith is in the reformed tradition.  As part of that she is willing to give talks for students at colleges and other places of student gathering around our City.  You can see a talk she gave to students in Somerville College in October 2018.


The main formal group for students and young adults at St Columba's URC is known as YA@stcurc.  This group is affiliated with the Student Christian Movement.

Spiritual development

There are opportunities at St Columba's during an academic year to learn and help spiritual development.  The most current activities can be found in the Spiritual Development section of this website.

Student and young adult led services

Throughout the academic year, there are usually numerous services led by the students and young adults of St Columba's URC. These provide opportunities for individuals to write & preach sermons, lead prayers, and choose the feel of the service. These services are normally preceded by a planning and preparation evening, which includes a meal. Further information will be made available as appropriate

Social activities

The students and young adults of St Columba's URC often gather for social activities, such as going for lunch after a Sunday service or meeting up of an evening. These activities are usually planned in advance, with information provided via various means [see "Keeping in touch" below].

Links with other churches

St Columba's URC works very closely with Wesley Memorial Church. Students are welcome to join in with the activities of the John Wesley Society (JWS) - the student society based at their church.

Service to the local community

There are opportunities to be involved in service to the community, through the likes of Wednesday Welcome (a call-in café for those hurt by loneliness) and by volunteering. Please contact our minister for further information.

Pastoral care and support

Our minister and Elders provide pastoral care and support to the students and young adults of St Columba's URC, with each individual being assigned an Elder.

Keeping in touch

There is a mailing list for students and young adults. Please use the form below to add yourself to the list, or contact our webmaster ( There is also a Facebook group and a Twitter site for St Columba's URC.