by Austin Painter
I grew up attending church, church camps in the summer, and youth devotionals. No matter what the event was, one of my favorite parts was always getting together with others to sing. Whether it was only for 15 minutes or if it went for a full hour, singing always helped me to feel closer to the object of my worship: our God.
As a student at FHU, singing continued to have a large impact on me and was something that I had so many opportunities to be involved in. Every other Wednesday night, around 10 p.m., large numbers of students would gather in a small chapel on campus to take part in FHU’s Clayton Chapel Singing. Different guys take turns leading songs with prayers intermingled throughout the night. Overall, Clayton Chapel Singings last about an hour.
Steven Simpson, an upperclassmen from Knoxville, discusses what Clayton Chapel meant to him in his first couple of years. “I came to every Clayton Chapel my freshman and sophomore year because it was so uplifting and was a good stress-reliever. It has increased my faith because it’s helped me to find my way as a spiritual leader, and has just overall brought me closer to God.” Steven also said that what’s most rewarding about leading in Clayton Chapel Singings is getting to help organize something that so many people look forward to each week.
At Clayton Chapel, students sit together shoulder-to-shoulder in the dark, surrounded by fellow Christians, singing praises to an Almighty God. It’s hard to imagine anything better or anything that can help encourage your spiritual life! If you’re ever on campus on a Wednesday night, try to stop by and take part in one of FHU’s greatest traditions.