Faith & Service

    Chapel

    At Crandall we believe God is anything but boring. Our chapel ministry at Crandall is intentionally focused on one thing – a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

    From September to April every year the chapel ministry is a focal point in the daily life at Crandall. We believe that God himself came to this earth in the person of Jesus. He came into the messy brokenness of humanity and offered us hope, truth and love that still changes lives today.  At Crandall University we can’t stop talking about this! It is what drives every chapel.

     Our chapel mission:
    …to engage the heart, soul, mind and strength in honoring the manifest presence of our risen Lord by treasuring His word, celebrating the wonder of the gospel, and challenging students and staff alike to live lives of surrender, fully pleasing to God.

    Our chapels run daily starting at 11:30AM.
    Monday: Small groups
    Tuesdays: Praise & worship chapels (Brinton)
    Wednesday: Speaker (Brinton)
    Thursday: Dean’s Chapel (Encouragement & worship) (Brinton)
    Friday: Held in MacArthur chapel (second floor of Stultz Hall)

    All Chapels are always open to the community.

    Worship & Prayer

    Amidst the busyness of semesters, it is important to have times of spiritual renewal and refreshment.  With the aim of refocusing on Christ, Res worship is a weekly opportunity for students to engage with the gospel through singing, fellowship, prayer, and digging into the wonderful truths of the Bible.  A completely student run event, Res Worship is a truly unique part of the Crandall experience and a fundamental component of Colburne House’s genuine community.

    The title “Concert of Prayer” has been used by Christians for more than 300 years. It is a united gathering of students, staff, and faculty for the purpose of prayer. Participants bring their relationships with God like musicians bring their instruments to a musical concert. The Holy Spirit becomes the conductor in this setting. He provides the spiritual “score” and “tempo.” A more specific description of Concerts of Prayer would be: Young Christians joining in unity as a larger group for a time of prayer.

    Crandall worship teams are made up of students who profess faith in Christ and wish to honor Him with their lives and with their musical talents. Each member is seen as an ambassador and we strive to lead the Crandall community in passionate, biblically sound, God honoring worship experiences.

    Luminos is the name for our worship ministry team here at Crandall. Luminos is the name we picked, losely derived from a latin word for light, brightness, to light up – all of which apply to what we seek to do: Shine the light of Jesus’ truth, character and salvation to a dark and sinful world. Humanity is so desperately in need this light, now as much as ever. For those who are children of God it means inviting more and more of God’s light to fill up our hearts, inviting King Jesus to reign in our lives. For those not yet in God’s family it means an invitation to receive the light of Jesus and accept the forgiveness of sins He alone can offer.

    Luminos also has a touring band, playing in local churches and youth groups/ events on weekends. Each spring we also go on tour into the USA or points in western Canada, ministering to Christian Schools and youth groups. To book the Luminos band, or for more information contact Dean of the Chapel, Tim Milner,  tim.milner@crandallu.ca

     

    Giving Back

    Here at Crandall, we strive to give back where and when we can. Along with the volunteer hours each student must complete, we as a school look for opportunities to work with and in our surrounding community.

    One evening a week of the school year, Chris Quek along with a crew of Crandall students head off to Harvest House. Be it preparing a meal, serving it, tutoring, babysitting, cleaning up around the shelter, or simply visiting with some people who need a friend, Harvest House provides a powerful glimpse into what God is doing when we’re too distracted to notice. As much as students hope to be able to impact lives, many times they are truly the ones being blessed.

    Each night, Chris comes prepared with a delicious menu and the team splits up to either start preparing the meal, tutoring students working toward their GED, or cleaning the shelter rooms and bathrooms.

    ‘For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.  I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ Matthew 25:35-36 NLT

    In response to the above verse, between 4-6 times per semester Chris Quek and students from Crandall go out to  Westmorland Correctional Institute and Dorchester Penitentiary to lead Prison Chapel Services. Students participate in leading music and worship, pray, scriptural readings, perform skits, testify and lead devotionals as they worship together with the prisoners. Each service concludes with a fellowship time where students are able to share with, and pray for the inmates. More often than not it is our students who gain as they learn to put feet to their faith.

    Food Drives
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    Fall Foliage

    Thirty Years ago Dr. Doug Mantz began taking students out into nature to experience God’s creation in a way that many never have taken the time to do. Through this landscape meditation, he encouraged them to look into God’s creation and to see what God had to say to them or show them during this time. Continuing on that tradition, the students of Crandall continue to look to creation every year.

    Fall Foliage day is your chance to step out of the ordinary and into the ’green pastures’ that God has for you. He wants to restore you, your soul, and your sanity, but you have to take a step out into His creation, and leave the rest behind. Find the beauty among the everyday, even when it is hard to find.” These were the words that marked the beginning of the 30th annual Fall Foliage Day 2012 at Crandall University. This tradition, for many past students has become a hallmark of their time at Crandall. Many student’s over the year’s comment on how much they needed it, and how they enjoyed a chance to encounter God in a new way.

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