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Student Life

Worship on Campus

University Chapel

Chapel Worship (Wednesdays), Chapel Forum (Fridays)

University chapel nurtures members of the campus community in faith, hope and love as disciples of Jesus Christ. A community gathering place for worship and forum, university chapel reflects an Anabaptist/Mennonite perspective along side the diverse gifts, traditions and cultures of the broader Christian faith.

Chapels are held in Lehman Auditorium every Wednesday and Friday from 10-10:30 a.m. To help plan and lead chapel and other campus worship services, complete the “chapel participation form”.

Participation by students, faculty and staff is expected as an expression of community interdependence, mutual accountability and desire for continual up building and growth. Undergraduate students are expected to attend at least one chapel each week. Complete chapel attendance guidelines are found on p. 28 of the Student Handbook. See the chapel schedule.

University chapel services are available as podcasts or recordings from Learning Resources; phone (540) 432-4231. Contact Campus Pastor Brian Martin Burkholder at brian.burkholder@emu.edu or (540)432-4115. (Read university chapel guidelines)

Celebration: Praise Worship

Celebration is a student-led song, prayer and praise worship service held most Sunday evenings, 9-10 p.m. in Martin Chapel of the seminary building. The services are open to everyone. For more information or to volunteer to help, contact the Celebration student coordinator and advisor at celebration@emu.edu.

Other Worship Opportunities

Alpha Omega Dancers for Christ

Students who choreograph and perform liturgical dance in chapel and for other events.

Chapel Gathering (Seminary)

Chapel Gathering is held in Martin Chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. These experiences of worship are central to seminary community life and are offered for the broader campus community as well. All are welcome! A fellowship time follows chapel.

Gospel Worship

The Gospel Choir and multicultural services lead energetic gospel services in chapel, local churches, and other venues!

Hymn Sing

Student song leaders offer monthly hymn sings on Mondays at 9:30 p.m. Whether it’s a large gathering or a small group huddled around the piano, these services are highlights for many.

Small Groups

These gatherings for Bible study or other focus meet across campus at various times. If you have interest in forming or joining a group, contact Campus Pastor Lana Miller at lana.miller@emu.edu or (540)432-4273.

Taize’ Worship

Taize’-style worship services are held occasionally. These quiet, reflective candlelight services are filled with scripture, singing, prayer and silence. A monthly Taize’-style service is held at nearby Park View Mennonite Church and in Chapel Gathering (Seminary) several times each semester.