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Your Crandall journey gives you the opportunity to benefit from the highest quality research-informed academic experience. We also offer opportunities to make the most of your education by assisting you in developing skills and attributes that will help to make you highly employable, able to make informed choices about your future, able to understand your worldview and that of others, and help you to be a person who gives back to the community.

One of the ways we seek to provide such opportunities is through challenging students to explore the application of the Christian faith to daily life. We invite students to dynamic chapel services and special events, and we ask students to give back to our community through service learning experiences where students volunteer within the city and region around campus.


Chapel Ministry

Chapels and other special events are student-focused moments, pointing us to consider the lager questions of life; they are a time for our campus community to come together in a shared experience.

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 chapel experiences generally run as follows:

Monday: Small groups (around campus)
Tuesday: Praise & worship/speaker (Brinton Auditorium)
Wednesday: Praise & worship/speaker (Brinton Auditorium)

Events and Involvement

In addition to our weekly services, special events such as Fall Foliage Day, Public Lectures, Concert of Prayer, or others, may also be part of our chapel program

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 holds an annual Concert of Prayer during the winter term, typically in February. Students, faculty, and staff are all invited to take part.

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-honouring worship experiences.

“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 in 2012 at Crandall University.

This tradition, for many past students, has become a hallmark of their time at Crandall. Many students over the years comment on how much they needed it, and how they enjoyed a chance to encounter God in a new way.

Foliage Day typically happens in mid-October, when the autumn colours are at their peak. The event includes opportunities to enjoy the beauty of creation as well as an opportunity for worship with students, faculty, and staff.

Worship Apprenticeship

Grow your gifts as you serve the community.

Learn More

For more information on Crandall’s chapel ministry, please contact our Dean of the Chapel, Steven Watts


CU Serves

CU Serves is Crandall’s volunteer mobilization platform and program for students, staff, and faculty to showcase their gifts and to make a positive difference in our community. Each year, Crandall students contribute thousands of hours of community service volunteer hours; CU Serves seeks to craft the most beneficial experiences for our community, those being served, and our student’s desired outcomes.

The volunteer service experiences are as diverse as our student body. In some cases, students may participate in a regular CU Serves Group outing that weekly supports a local organization or program – in other cases, they may individually serve with a cause that matters to them. The CU Serves program is flexible to adapt.

Eligibility for CU Serves is based upon three criterion:

  • Voluntary service
  • Good News for everyone
  • Verification of participation

CU serves seeks to develop holistic students who are engaged with their whole lives – soul, mind, and strength. These experiences are effective training grounds to develop skills, confidence, and a sense of vocation beyond university.

Students looking for assistance in finding an opportunity are encouraged to visit the Student Life and Transformation Department or to book an appointment by emailing cuserves@crandallu.ca

Each semester, we rally the greater Crandall community together (students, staff, faculty, families, and alumni) for a one day event called “CU Serves Day” – a big experience where we seek to embody the Good News in a way that makes a difference in the greater community.

Next CU Serves Event

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