“O Come let us adore Him.” That was the theme for this year’s Combined University Retreat (CUR), and 250 young people gathered to do just that from Dec 16-19.

Organised by the Office for Young People (OYP) and held within its compound at Lorong Low Koon, the Advent-themed retreat aimed to bring university students together for a deep encounter with the Lord, to experience the joy of community, and to encourage each other in pursuing a life dedicated to Jesus.

This is the third year that OYP is running the CUR. Most of the service team members were university students who had previously attended CUR and chose to return this year to serve in various areas such as facilitation, intercession, hospitality and logistics.

Students also coordinated an almsgiving project. Participants, service team members and OYP communities collectively donated 200 bags of essentials to the Society of St Vincent de Paul of Nativity Church for the poor in the neighbourhood around OYP.

Besides students from eight universities in Singapore (NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD, SIM, Yale-NUS, JCU, SIT), Singaporean students studying abroad in seven different universities, such as in Australia and Ireland, attended the retreat as well.

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