Throughout the spring semester, the Living Area Council of The Cottages, a group of freshmen, living area representatives, has put together a worship night every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m.
The event is open to all students and held in a small, acoustic format, under a big tree in the center of the living area with simple instruments and two to three students leading.
Alex Burchinal, sophomore Christian studies major and resident adviser of Cottage 12 and 13, helps oversee the worship nights every other Wednesday.
Burchinal explained events like this one bring the community of The Cottages at California Baptist University together and build relationships.
The LAC takes charge of the evening, finding students who are willing to play instruments and lead worship, as well as inviting other students to attend.
“LAC and the people who are leading this have done a great job of bringing people together in this living area,” Burchinal said. “It is helping to provide an opportunity for a healthy community to be built.”
The worship night March 1 included s’mores for the students. Burchinal explained that The Cottages want to be able to do a bonfire with s’mores at least once a month to encourage more students to come.
Patrick Lau, freshman civil engineering major, is one of the students who helps lead the worship night with his cajon.
Lau said he receives joy through serving with worship.
“One of the best ways I feel God’s presence is through worship,” Lau said. “Either playing it or listening to it or just being in the atmosphere where the Holy Spirit is able to work through music and through me.”
The worship is open to all students and gives the opportunity to praise God together.