My friend, RVN and VCF member Bonny Millar introduced me only a few years ago when VCF was at the BVNA congress.
I grew up on a pig farm in Scotland and both my parents are from farming backgrounds and we went to church most Sundays at the local village church as all the local farmers did! Looking back, we lived in an idyllic setting right out in the countryside with amazing views of the hills and mountains behind it. My sister and I were christened there. I vividly remember our Sunday School lessons being taught out of a large colourful bible! I especially liked the Old Testament readings about Noah’s Ark and all the animals, probably no surprise there given my future career choice! I also remember the Yew tree that stood just outside the Sunday School building – the key to the church was hidden inside it. My sister and I used to sneak inside the church when we were out on our bikes! When I left school at 17 to start my training as a vet nurse I hardly went to church, though my hardback school Good News Bible (in brown paper of course -didn’t everyone cover their books in brown paper in the 70s and 80s?!!) and my little red Gideon’s bible always came with me. It wasn’t until I was married that my husband (Robin, a vet!) and I started attending the local church in the village to which we had just moved. But we became regular churchgoers at the Free Church when my son started attending Boys Brigade at the age of 5. That was 12 years ago and we are now part of the church family, though I am still at the beginning of my Christian journey.Read more ...
Hi everyone, we are from the University of Nottingham Vet School! As the vet school is on the Sutton Bonington campus, we are involved in a relatively small Christian Union group based there made up of mainly us with nutritionists, agrics and bioscience students as well as the UNCU. Due to the small size of SBCU, we are quite a close-knit CU group and we all attend local churches in Loughborough, Sutton Bonington and Nottingham. Over the past year, it has been encouraging as we have had a lot of Freshers interested in church and CU, so our little group has expanded and we hope it continues to do so. Thankfully, within this new group there has been interest from a few of the Freshers to go up for committee roles, so if we could please ask for prayers when it comes to voting in a new committee and that our CU continues to grow and that we continue to spread the good news about God’s love. If anyone reading this could also pray for all the vet students who are going to be doing exams, especially the fourth and fifth years as they continue to work hard with exams and rotations in order to get their degree.
Thank you for all your support and prayers already. The vet students find it really encouraging to know there is a support network of Christian vets out there to help and offer them encouragement and prayers. We love to hear from everyone at VCF and will hopefully see a few of you in the future!