Koinonia [koy-no-nee-ah] means community. We change lives, minds and dinner plans. We're an ecumenical Christian student ministry. We aim at being an intentional community, whether it be through prayer, conversations, or time spent together. There's pub outings, 90s R'n'B, weekends away escaping London, quiz battles, bake-offs, FIFA nights, and picnics.
What We Do
Koinonia was founded in 1980 by a number of young students who experienced a call from God to build a missionary community at the University of London. We meet every Thursday evening. Most of the time this Thursday evening event will take the form of a "Reload". At "Reload" we usually have a period of charismatic worship, followed by a talk from a guest speaker, some prayer time, and then we head to a nearby pub for drinks and a catch up. However, sometimes on Thursday we have parties, quiz nights, games nights, fundraisers for various charities, or events that are aimed at newcomers. Koinonia is open to absolutely anyone. We look forward to meeting people from far and wide and all sorts of backgrounds. Come along and see why we think community is the bees knees.
When and Where We Meet
Thursdays 18:30-22:00 in the Bloomsbury Suite (2nd Floor, Student Central, Malet Street, WC1E 7HY)
As well as our weekly Thursday meetings, we have a weekend away each term. These tend to take place in Gilwell Park or Elm Tree Farm in Kent. They're the perfect opportunity to get away from the madness of London for a weekend and refresh amongst friends. In January we've had some stunning long walks in the snowy woods of Gilwell Park and in June enjoyed a glass of wine in the sunshine at Elm Tree Farm. We pray, worship, have time to reflect, eat great food, and build our community.
What Does It Cost?
Joining fee is £4.
"Koinonia provided Christian fellowship for students unlike anything I've seen before; it feels more like a family. I'm so grateful that I stopped to check out the stall at the fresher's fayre, looking back more than half way through my first year it's weird to actually acknowledge how much impact Koinonia has had on my student life. Despite our denominational differences, our own situations and diverse nationalities we're each bound together. It's that, and going to the pub after prayer sessions which won me over. I've met some of the best people I know within the walls of the "Kube" and gained a network of support throughout London and further. More than anything, I'm excited for what's to come for Koinonia and for my part in Koinonia."
- Lucy Trewinnard (Heythrop College) Member of Koinonia
"It has been almost three years since I first stumbled upon Koinonia as an unknowing fresher. I still remember going to the Kube to sign up for a Fifa tournament with my friend (which we later won of course); one thing led to another, and I was “ensnared” by the guys there, and have become part of the Koinonia family since then. From our prayer gatherings, Reload, to student missionary gatherings, men’s group and weekends away, Koinonia has played an integral role in my Christian life outside Sunday church. At Reload, I have always enjoyed how we worship and come together before God as a group. Every session, I feel God building and working on the camaraderie between all of us as a community. This year it has been great seeing new people join us constantly; not to mention the Singaporean population in Koinonia has quadrupled since I first joined! There was also the weekend away, The Pursuit, which I went to. It was an absolutely amazing experience as we took a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of London and work to focus on God as a community, and to learn more from the passage of 2 Timothy."
- Hao Chuien Hang (UCL) Treasurer to the committee 13/14
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