Manchester University has a number of ways to engage and grow in faith:
Manchester Catholics - This is an organization for all interested Catholic and non-Catholic students, faculty, and staff. The group meets periodically to provide religious education, pastoral care, mutual support, fellowship, and service to others. They meet Thursdays at 8 p.m. in the Petersime Chapel lounge for discussion, sharing, and snacks, and there are occasional retreats and special events.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes - This re-energized group has weekly meetings and occasional special events particularly geared toward students who participate in athletics, providing a place for discussion, connection, support, and education while growing in faith. Currently meetings are held Wednesdays at 9 p.m. in the PERC (Room 128), plus occasional special events. Some small groups also meet for study out of FCA.
Simply Brethren - Simply Brethren is a group dedicated to providing support and connection for Church of the Brethren students and other interested students, faculty, and staff. Simply Brethren meetings center around fellowship and include times of worship, playing games, educational events, exploring Church of the Brethren heritage, sharing, singing, discussions around current issues, and enjoying each other's company. People of all faith traditions are invited to participate. It usually meets every other Tuesday at 9 p.m., with some special events at other times, including the annual Camp Mack Day in September.
ROBOT* (Radically Obedient Brethren Outreach Team) - This student worship team travels to area Church of the Brethren congregations, primarily during spring semester, to lead worship and visit with church members. Students preach and assist with all facets of the service while developing their ministry gifts.
Handbell Choir - The goal of the Handbell Choir is to provide members the opportunity to learn, practice and perform together as a musical ensemble. Through performances both on and off campus, the Handbell Choir represents Manchester University in a positive manner to the community. The Handbell Choir is open to all students, faculty and staff regardless of musical skill or familiarity with the handbell instruments. Primary requirement for membership is attendance at weekly rehearsals and performances. Membership is limited to the number of positions available for the number of handbells used by the choir. If interested in being a part of the handbell choir contact the university pastor.
Praise Jam – Praise Jam is an energetic praise and worship time offering contemporary music, prayer, sharing of joys and concerns. This semester Praise Jam is meeting at 9 PM in Petersime Chapel on September 22, October 20, and November 17.
Other Opportunities – Short-term or longer-term book study groups, Bible studies, discussion groups, service opportunities, prayer times, groups for athletes, events with local congregations, and other places to connect faith and education are also offered periodically. See the campus ministry office to inquire about starting a group or for information. Current groups meeting regularly include:
- Cornerstone Grace Church Covenant Bible Study (Mondays at 12 p.m. and 9 p.m., Petersime Chapel conference room)
- Men's Bible study (Tuesdays at 8 p.m., PERC 128)
- Soul Cafe', sponsored by the United Methodist Church, Sunday evenings, 6 p.m., Petersime Chapel lounge
- "Food for Thought" dinners and sharing, done in cooperation with Campus Interfaith Board, one Sunday evening each month
Campus Interfaith Board also plans a variety of other events, including Focus on Faith Week in the fall and assisting with Peace Week in the spring.
On Sunday mornings, students are encouraged to attend a local congregation. Group visits to a church are sometimes scheduled. For more information, or to find help getting a ride, call or email the Religious Life office at (260) 982-5243. For those in the Fort Wayne area, a representative sample of worship communities is available. <Back to Top>