Behavioral and Social Sciences Dept. to host annual student-led chapel service
The professors of the Behavioral and Social Sciences will be hosting a student-led chapel service on Oct. 10 in The Chapel at 10:40 AM.
The chapel will focus on the theme of forgiveness and will include student and faculty speakers, scripture reading and a worship band comprised of students in the psychology, sociology and anthropology majors.
Dr. Susan Ashcraft, a psychology professor, first proposed the idea of hosting a chapel four years ago.
“We learn together, but I also wanted to create a time where we can worship together,” Ashcraft said.
The service is unique. Despite being hosted by the Behavioral and Social Sciences department, it's open to students of any major seeking a chapel experience outside of the norm of Conn or Dixon Center.
Ramon Del Toro, a senior youth ministry major, said he's looking forward to the service with a great deal of anticipation.
“I’m most excited to hear the praise and worship,” Del Toro said, “It’s so cool to see students that I see on campus every day use their gifts to worship the Lord.”
The student band began their practices in September to ensure they would be ready to lead their peers in an intimate time of worship. Sophomore psychology major Caroline Carter is looking forward to playing acoustic guitar with her classmates.
“It’s been so much fun creating a worshipful vibe with friends from classes,” Carter said. “While we often hang out to study together, being able to make music adds another layer of closeness to our friendships.”
While many students on campus are familiar with this event, some will be experiencing it for the first time this semester. Paul Ricketts, a senior psychology major and first-time attender, responded with excitement and pride.
“I’m not sure what to expect, but I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join with my peers in a time of worship and reflection,” Ricketts said. “It’s so reassuring to me that we have professors that are willing to give this department an outlet to express themselves spiritually.”
Seasoned attendees such as Sebastian Valderrama have enjoyed the chapel so much they sought involvement. Valderrama, a senior psychology major who will be reading a scripture in the service, brings to the table a passion for the event and what it means for the department.
“When Dr. Ashcraft asked me to be involved, how could I say no?” Valderrama said. “Seeing how seriously my peers and our professors take their faith...makes my experience as a member of this department so much richer.”
The Behavioral and Social Sciences department is hoping for a big turnout this semester. If you're interested in finding out more details, you can email Dr. Susan Ashcraft at firstname.lastname@example.org.