College

College Connect — July 12, August 9

If you’re in town for the summer, catch up with your friends for a monthly time to hang out, eat food, and cool off in a pool! We’ll meet at  5:00 pm, location TBA. Wear your swimsuit and bring a towel and a friend!

College Summer Bible Study

This summer, join other college students at 7 p.m. Monday nights to go through Henry Blackaby’s book, Experiencing God. Contact Kiersten for more information (530) 828-3133.

Women’s Summer Bible Study

Join women of all ages on Wednesday nights during the summer for a rich study of God’s word. Find us in the BPC Conference Room (101 Salem St. Suite 200, above Celestino’s Pizza) from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Camp Bidwell – July 27-30

If you like exploring God’s creation, toasting marshmallows to golden perfection, and listening to the wind as you nod off to sleep, join us at Camp Bidwell! This annual all-church event brings the entire BPC community together for fun outdoor activities. Click the button below for registration and more information.

Sunday Worship at One Thirty One

Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. we crank up the volume at our “Bidwell at One Thirty One” worship service. We meet on the top floor at 131 W. 1st Street. This is a time of worship geared for young adults or those who are young at heart!  The pastors from Bidwell Presbyterian Church bring the message and our college students, youth, and young adults provide the music.  We encourage you to experience church and God in a new way.

College Ministry

Bidwell College Ministry is a ministry of Bidwell Presbyterian Church. We are located in Chico, California, next to the CSUC campus. Our mission is to guide college students in the journey of discipleship to Christ. Students gather for worship and teaching at the Bidwell at One Thirty-One worship service on Sundays, strengthen their faith by studying the Bible, build relationships and vibrant community through fun activities, and live life intentionally by participating in mission and service and opportunities.

Calendar

Though subject to spontaneous outbursts of fun, College Ministry does attempt to plan out events! Check our calendar to see what we DO have planned… and then check in with us on Instagram for those spur-of-the-moment things!

Meet BPC College Coordinators

Kiersten Watkins

1) What motivates you to work with college students?

I have a passion for the health of the intergenerational church body and for integrating students into church life after graduation. I really want people to know who they are in Christ, see their unique thumbprint, and grow in that identity. In college, people are finally in a space where they are asking hard questions that shape who they are as adults. It’s a pivotal, catalytic time of life and college students are open to wrestling with hard questions. College is a time of self-discovery, reflection, adventuring, becoming your own person. I love coming alongside college students as they find their voice and significance and fall in love with Jesus.

 2) Why do you think college ministry is so important?

College ministry has the potential to reach many people with the love of Jesus because the students are actually in classes with other people who are asking hard questions. It’s important for college students to have tools they can use to listen better and contribute to meaningful dialogue. I think college students are really open to seeing God can talk to us not only through Christian books and conferences, but also through the world God has created – through movies, music, what people say in class.

3) What’s something you love about Chico?

I love the diversity that Chico provides. The campus is situated right by downtown, there’s a gorgeous myriad of parks, and it has a home-grown feel with a big city edge.

4) A fun fact you’d like to share — maybe a favorite place you’ve been, something you like to collect, or a quirky habit you have.

Every time I move to a new place, the first thing I do is find my coffee shop – even before I go grocery shopping! I need a spot where I can connect and know people. Since I moved back to Chico it’s been Upper Crust, mostly for the atmosphere. In Redding it was The Stirring, in Roseville it was Foursquare. Also, I will dance anywhere and everywhere for kombucha!

Alex Piasecki

1) What motivates you to work with college students?

I am motivated by the energy, the passion, and the questions that college students have! College students are discovering new knowledge, seeking purpose, and rooting their identities. I enjoy being a part of that and sharing in their experience.

2) Why do you think college ministry is so important?

College ministry is important because it is such a wild season of life! It’s the “in-between.” You’re independent, but not that independent. In terms of ministry, it is a crucial life stage because college students are looking to start a new vocation. How amazing would it be to have the next engineers, entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, athletes, be on fire for Jesus and seeking God’s Kingdom in their vocations?

3) What’s something you love about Chico?

I appreciate the outdoorsy, festive culture in Chico! There is hardly a dull moment in town whether I want a bite to eat, a drink, or a solid hike or bike ride. I love being able to hop on my bike and in 10 minutes be riding through fields and foothills instead of neighborhoods and city streets.

4) A fun fact you’d like to share — maybe a favorite place you’ve been, something you like to collect, or a quirky habit you have.

Roasting coffee while jamming to Kendrick Lamar is a spiritual discipline. I also enjoy running long distances, speaking Italian, and learning about Johnny Cash.

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