by Joe Lynn
It really is incredible how many opportunities there are at Freed-Hardeman in any given week to engage in activities based around spirituality. Not only do our students have the opportunity to attend daily chapel with the entire campus community, and to take a bible course each semester, but also there are so many other things available for those students who wish to grow even further. Some of these activities include campus-wide devotionals, dorm devos, social club events, and more. While I was in school my favorite of these activities was definitely Clayton Chapel Singing.
Clayton Chapel is a small room, probably about 30 feet wide and 40 feet long, situated between the Joy Simon McDaniel House and Porter Terry Hall. It is used for social club meetings, Makin’ Music practices, theater rehearsals and a few other events here and there but every other Wednesday night at 10pm it’s used for one thing and one thing only; Good ole’ fashioned devo singing.
Everybody who wants to attend from all across campus packs into this small space, and once a good crowd has arrived the lights go out and every square inch (cubic inch actually) of that room is filled with voices singing out. To put it simply, it’s awesome. There is something about being around so many people and being in the dark that makes it so much better. Hearing that many voices singing at the top of their lungs to the one true, mighty, and powerful God is truly uplifting and inspiring.
Despite having sore feet from standing up, tired voices from singing so loud, and getting way too hot from being crammed in with so many people, it’s always a good way to close out Wednesday night. I can’t think of a single instance when I ever said ‘I wish I hadn’t gone tonight’ after it was over. Although it’s been several years since I’ve been a student and attended a Clayton Chapel Singing, I still get a special feeling when I walk by the building.
Ask your admissions counselor when the next Clayton Chapel Singing is and come experience what it’s like.