FAQs - Spiritual Life
Does Messiah hold regular chapel services?
Yes. Messiah's student body gathers together on Tuesday and Thursday mornings as well as Tuesday evenings to attend chapel services. Chapel at Messiah College is a central expression of our identity as a community of Christians with a deep commitment to spiritual growth and academic excellence. In chapel we seek to nurture holistic Christian faith through:
- worship that expresses our faith with a full range of contemporary and traditional forms
- teaching that connects God's Word and our world
- community building that affirms our common identity in Christ and celebrates our diversity
Each student is required to attend 14 chapels per semester. Students record their chapel attendance electronically with student I.D. cards.
What opportunities are available for service and ministry?
Each year approximately 98 percent of the graduating class participated in some form of community service through the College's Agape Center for Service and Learning. During summer or spring breaks, on the weekends or in their spare time, Messiah students find ways to serve.
What Bible study opportunities are available to students?
Messiah's Koinonia program facilitates student-led Bible study on each residence hall floor on campus. Students meet together once a week to worship, pray and study as small groups. Find out more details about our Koinonia groups here.
Are students required to attend a local church on Sunday?
While Messiah College does not require students to attend church on Sunday mornings, it is strongly encouraged that students connect with a local congregation. (Transportation opportunities are listed for current students to attend various local churches for worship on the College Ministries website.)
Is there a Sunday morning service on campus?
The College does not hold services on campus on Sunday morning. Students are encouraged to attend congregations in the surrounding community. Many of the local congregations send either buses or vans to campus to pick up students for Sunday services.