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.
Weekly Bible Study
Your college studies may be exhausting, but studying the Bible doesn’t have to be! Meet with a group of friends to investigate how ancient words breathe life into our day-to-day even now. Bidwell Presbyterian Church’s Student Center is conveniently located just off campus, so come on over for some food, fellowship, and fun as we study the Bible together! We’ll be starting with the book of John. Join us on Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 pm.
“Reset” Prayer Hour
Sometimes you just need to “reset” your week, to clear away the anxieties and disappointments, to remind yourself of who God is and who you are. Whether you need to bring your burdens to the Lord or spend time in prayerful worship to praise him for a great week, join us from 1-2 pm in Room 112 on Wednesdays to pray together and reset!
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.
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 our BPC College Coordinator
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 Brave Coffee, mostly for the atmosphere. In Redding it was The Stirring, in Roseville it was Foursquare. Also, I will dance anywhere and everywhere for kombucha!
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