Welcome
to FOCUS

We love to share good things with you at FOCUS, like food, fun, and friendship. Even better, we love to share good news with you about God, who loved you so much He died to save you from this broken world.

FOCUS stands for the Fellowship of Overseas Christian University Students. But you don't have to be a Christian to come to FOCUS — FOCUS welcomes all international students.

Events

Friday Night FOCUS

  • What: FREE dinner, activities, and talk.
  • When: Fridays 6.00–8.30pm.
  • Where: Sandy Bay Baptist Church, 239 Sandy Bay Road. (See map)

Join us every Friday during semester to eat, sing, pray, play, and learn from the Bible. We share a meal together and then have a church style meeting. Everything is run to help people who have never been to church feel comfortable. It's a great place to practice English, make friends, experience different cultures, and learn about God's will for your life.

Christianity Explored

  • What: A short course to learn who Jesus is.
  • When: Wednesdays 8.00pm.
  • Where: Wellspring Church. (See map)

Do you want to learn about the man Jesus Christ? Why does a third of the world say they follow him? Read the Bible, watch a DVD clip and enjoy some discussion.

One-to-One

  • What: Meet one-to-one with a FOCUS team member.
  • When + Where: You decide.

A FOCUS team member would love to meet one-to-one to talk about your life or study the Bible. This is a great way to learn about God and ask any questions you might have, no matter how silly you think they are!

Small groups

  • What: Study the Bible in a group.
  • When: Wednesdays 8.00-9:30pm.
  • Where: Wellspring Church. (See map)

If you enjoy studing with others, our small groups are an excellent way to discover more about what we learn at Friday Night FOCUS. We have groups for Christians and for you if you are not a Christian. Our Christian groups will mature and encourage you in your faith. If you're not a Christian, you get to learn more about Jesus and Christianity. Once every seven weeks we gather with Popcorn + Jesus to share a meal.

LIMBS

  • What: Study the Bible with medical students.
  • When + Where: Varies week to week.

For medical students, we offer LIMBS - Lunchtime International Medics Bible Study. Our LIMBS groups work like our other small groups, except that LIMBS is especially designed to suit the schedule and needs of medical students.

Social events

  • What: A different social event each month.
  • When + Where: Varies.

FOCUS wants you to enjoy your time in Tasmania. So we have at least one social event a month, to give you the chance to spend time with locals and do fun things. Past activities have included: sports days, Easter egg crafting, parlour games nights, trips to the Birchs Bay sculpture trail, girls only events, picnics at the Botanical Gardens, and more.

Get involved

Join our list

Do you want to keep up-to-date with our events? Contact staff@focustas.org to join our email list.

Support FOCUS

Whether you're a Christian from nearby or overseas, there are many ways you or your church group can partner with FOCUS, including prayer, donations, cooking meals, volunteering time, sharing about FOCUS, etc. To learn more, contact: staff@focustas.org.

You can also donate to FOCUS.

About us

Who we are

FOCUS is a Christian international student society of the Tasmanian University Union (TUU) on the Hobart campus of the University of Tasmania. Our society and our staff are also part of the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students.

What we believe

We believe in the historic Christian faith in the Truine God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the same faith shared by Christians across time and throughout the world. For this reason, our students and staff come from many different countries and backgrounds and are members of many different Christian churches. You can read our doctrinal statement here.

The FOCUS Team

The FOCUS team is made up of about twenty student leaders and staff, who make everything run smoothly. Our team loves to share God's Good News with students, as all of our student leaders and staff are dedicated Christians and Luke is theologically trained.

Luke Hansard

Luke is a real Tasmanian local and our only full-time staff. He trained at Moore College in Sydney and gives most of the talks and oversees most of the running of FOCUS. Luke is a husband to Jan and father to three young boys. He likes to cook and eat strange things, especially weird meat. He might ask you to try his cooking.

Sam Gough

Sam is a graduate of the University of Tasmania, Sydney Missionary Bible College and Moore College. Having trained and worked as a doctor, he made the switch from medicine to FOCUS. Sam is married to Beck and has two young kids, Henry and Phoebe. He loves Maccas, cheap instant coffee and wearing trackies.

Where we meet

We meet for Friday night FOCUS at Sandy Bay Baptist Church.

We meet for small groups and some special events at Wellspring Church.

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you.
staff@focustas.org


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