Tuesday Night ALIVE
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When Cameron Jackson, Director of Spiritual Development, came to campus he had plenty of big ideas about connecting the students with their spiritual side and getting them involved in worship. Tuesday Night Alive, a student-centered service has helped generate more student interest in connecting with the church, and just taking time out in general to reconnect with the church.
“The focal point of the worship services is not only to witness the presence of Jesus Christ, but also to take some time out of our busy week and daily lives for fellowship,” Jackson said. “As a campus, we can do this through encouraging words, prayer, worship, and good, old-fashioned fun.”
Jackson said that the idea for Tuesday Night Alive has always been there, but after reading a passage in Romans, he came up with the name. The goal was to find a way for students to connect with God, but also to have fun learning what being a believer was about.
“A lot of times this generation think that when we talk about God or the Bible, it’s boring and doesn’t relate to our age group, so I believe the word ‘alive’ helps set a culture for the chapel services,” Jackson said.
The group is off to a fast start and students agree that it is a great addition to campus life.
“I look forward to every Tuesday session with so much excitement. It made me realize that we have a lot of devoted Christians on campus who, when given the chance, grow spiritually and also help others,” said Rudo Dozva, sophomore. “It’s amazing when students step up and help each other grown in Christ.”
Each week, the service - led by students - offers singing, some dancing, and speakers from the community including University Chaplain Rev. Mike Rose, faculty or staff members, and even Jackson himself.
Jessica Hauschild, sophomore, has attended and loves the atmosphere and message.
“I've really enjoyed them. The music has been upbeat and gets you in the mood for worship. Cameron's messages have really spoken to me as well,” she said.
Faith Ramsey has also enjoyed getting involved with Tuesday Night Alive and will continue to attend.
“I love Tuesday Night Alive. It is really inspiring to be able to come together with other Christians in the school setting,” Ramsey said. Ramsey also appreciates the support and encouragement she has received from the services.
“Afterwards I feel so refreshed and refocused on God and what He wants me to do. I can’t wait to continue this year and see it grow when I come back in years to come,” said Ramsey.
Tuesday Night Alive is every Tuesday at 8pm in Hauptli Student Activities Center. It is open to all students and is usually a short service of an hour or less. For more information, contact Cameron Jackson at email@example.com or ext. 1164.